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The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1966)

Cast: Vladimir Andreev, Vladimir Andreev, Larisa Golubkina, more...
Director: Alexander Ptushko, Alexander Ptushko
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Foreign, Kids, Live Action, Russia, Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Myths
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Ital
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The Tale of Tsar Saltan is a colorful Russian fairy tale based on the classic poem by Alexander Pushkin. When Tsar Saltan is away at war, the scheming members of his court exile his young wife and newborn heir. The tsarina and the young prince Guidon survive and reach a remote island. Guidon saves the beautiful Princess Swan from an evil sorcerer and through a series of miracles she helps the prince to reunite with his father. ~ All Movie Guide

DVD also contains a 30-minute animated film based on Pushkin's The Fisherman and the Goldfish.

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Wizard of Ahhhs by ZenBones August 24, 2005 - 10:33 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Aleksandr Ptushko is the world master of the cinematic fairy tale, and this is one of his very best. It is a "must see" for kids - although I don't know what the English dubbing is like (even if it's lousy, the images will more than make up for it!). Due to the low rating here, I'd say that this is not a film for adults who have lost that childhood sense of wonder, silliness, humor and awe, but if you have retained yours, please don't give this a miss! It isn't quite as epic and outrageous as Ptsushko's "Ruslan and Ludmila", but it still has enough exciting imagery to provide a number of thrills, and it is possibly even more fun (remember, you're a big KID!). Check out Ptushko's other goodies as well, and ask GC to carry "Viy", a sort of goofy Halloweenish movie (based on a Gogol tale) that Ptsushko did the special effects for.
Oh yeah, the 30-minute cartoon and the other extras are pretty good too!

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.43)
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Russian Fairytales
The dazzlingly imaginative, colorful fantasy films of Alexander Ptushko and Alexander Row have begun to reach Western viewers in their intended form via Rusico's Russian Cinema Council Collection.

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