Films based on Russian folklore

Posted May 5, 2011
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  1. Forbidden Empire
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    Forbidden Empire (2014)

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    Viy 3D (Russian: Вий, internationally known as Forbidden Empire) is a 2014 dark fantasy film produced by Russian and Ukraine Film Group and Marins Group Entertainment and loosely based on the Nikolai Gogol story Viy. The film was released in cinemas in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan on 30 January 2014, in the United States on 22 May 2015 and in the United Kingdom on 1 June 2015.


  2. Bartok the Magnificent
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    Bartok the Magnificent (1999)

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    Bartok the Magnificent, directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, is a 1999 direct-to-video spin-off to the 1997 film Anastasia, which features Hank Azaria as the voice of Bartok, Kelsey Grammer as the voice of Zozi, and Jennifer Tilly as Piloff. It is a "family adventure...animated comedy" film, according to Fort Oglethorpe Press.


  3. Viy
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    Viy (1967)

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    Viy (Spirit of Evil or Vii, Russian: Вий) is a 1967 horror film produced by Mosfilm and based on the Nikolai Gogol story of the same name.


  4. Jack Frost
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    Jack Frost (1965)

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    Morozko (Russian: Морозко, Morózko) is a Soviet film (Gorky Film Studio) originally released in 1964. It was based a traditional Russian fairy tale Morozko known in English as Morozko.


  5. Ruslan and Ludmila
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    Ruslan and Ludmila (1972)

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    Ruslan and Ludmila (Russian: Руслан и Людмила) is a 1972 film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko. It is based on the poem of the same name written by Alexander Pushkin in 1820.


  6. Prince Vladimir
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    Prince Vladimir (2006)

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    Prince Vladimir (Russian: Кня́зь Влади́мир, Knyaz Vladimir) is a 2006 Russian traditionally-animated feature film. It is loosely based on the story of prince Vladimir the Fair Sun, who converted Kievan Rus' (a predecessor state of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus) to Christianity in the late 10th century. The film tells a romanticized version of the story, adapted for children and filled with fantasy elements.


  7. The Sword and the Dragon
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    The Sword and the Dragon (1958)

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    Ilya Muromets (Russian: Илья Муромец), known in the US as The Sword and the Dragon and in the UK as The Epic Hero and the Beast (significantly altered versions), is a Soviet fantasy film directed by the noted fantasy director Aleksandr Ptushko, made at Mosfilm and released in 1956. It is based on the byliny tales of the bogatyr Ilya Muromets. The film has some differences from the byliny but remains surprisingly true to the original epic poems.


  8. The Stone Flower
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    The Stone Flower (1946)

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    The Stone Flower (Russian: Каменный цветок, Kamennyy tsvetok is a 1946 Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko. It is an adaptation of Pavel Bazhov's story of the same name, in turn based on Ural region Russian folklore. It also incorporates plot elements from the stories "The Mistress of the Copper Mountain" and "The Master Craftsman".


  9. Alenkiy tsvetochek
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    Alenkiy tsvetochek (1952)

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    The Scarlet Flower (Russian: Аленький цветочек, Alenkiy tsvetochek) is a 1952 Soviet feature animated film directed Lev Atamanov. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the story of the same name by Sergei Aksakov. Nastenka's song "During this time in a darling party"/"В эту пору в родимой сторонушке" was sung by the famous chamber singer Victoria Ivanova.


  10. The Magic Weaver
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    The Magic Weaver (1959)

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    The Magic Weaver (Russian: Марья-искусница, "Maria the Weaver") is a 1959 Soviet children's fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou and filmed at Gorky Film Studio. The film was imported to the West in the 1960s and ran in the U.S. in 1966.


  11. Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru
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    Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru (1980)

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    Twelve Months (世界名作童話 森は生きている Sekai Meisaku Dōwa Mori wa Ikiteiru, Russian: Двенадцать месяцев, Dvenadtsat mesyatsev) is a 1980 animated feature film directed by Yugo Serikawa, Kimio Yabuki and Tetsuo Imazawa, produced by Toei Animation from Japan in partnership with Soyuzmultfilm from the Soviet Union. It was based on the fairy tale of the same name written by Samuil Marshak. The music was composed by Vladimir Ivanovich Krivtsov (Владимир Иванович Кривцов) and performed by the National Leningrad Philharmonic under the direction of A. S. Dmitriev. Famous manga artist Osamu Tezuka served as co-producer and character designer on the film.


  12. The Twelve Months
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    The Twelve Months (1956)

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    The Twelve Months (Russian: Двенадцать месяцев; Dvenadtsat mesyatsev) is a 1956 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by the "patriarch of Russian animation", Ivan Ivanov-Vano. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the fairy-tale play of the same name by Samuil Marshak.


  13. Dobrynya Nikitich i Zmey Gorynych
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    Dobrynya Nikitich i Zmey Gorynych (2006)

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    Dobrynya Nikitich and Dragon Gorynych (Russian: Добрыня Никитич и Змей Горыныч, Dobrynya Nikitich i Zmey Gorynych) is a Russian traditionally animated feature film directed by Ilya Maksimov, made by Melnitsa Animation Studio. It opened in Russia on March 15, 2006. It is the second film in Melnitsa's "3 bogatyrs" series (the first was Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmey).


  14. Smekh i gore u Bela morya
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    Smekh i gore u Bela morya (1987)

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    Laughter and Grief by the White Sea (Russian: Смех и го́ре у Бе́ла мо́ря; tr.:Smekh i gore u Bela morya) is a 1988 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Leonid Nosyrev made at the Soyuzmultfilm studio. The film is a celebration of the culture of the Russian Pomors who live around the White Sea.


  15. Krasa nenaglyadnaya
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    Krasa nenaglyadnaya (1959)

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    Beloved Beauty (Russian: Краса́ ненагля́дная, Krasa nenaglyadnaya) is a 1958 feature-length stop motion-animated film from the Soviet Union. The film, which was made at the Soyuzmultfilm studio, is based on Russian folk tales.


  16. The Tale of Tsar Saltan
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    The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1984)

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    The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Russian: Ска́зка о царе́ Салта́не; tr.:Skazka o tsare Saltanye) is a 1984 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Lev Milchin and Ivan Ivanov-Vano and produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio. It is an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. There are few words in the film besides those of the poem itself, which is read from beginning to end by the narrator and the voice actors. Some portions of the poem are skipped.


  17. Snegurochka
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    Snegurochka (1952)

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    The Snow Maiden (Russian: Снегу́рочка; tr.:Snegurochka) is a 1952 Soviet/Russian traditionally animated feature film. It was produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow and is based on the Slavic-pagan play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (itself largely based on traditional folk tales). Music from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Snow Maiden is used, arranged for the film by L. Shvarts. The animated film was shown at movie theater.


  18. The Battle of Kerzhenets
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    The Battle of Kerzhenets (1971)

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    The Battle of Kerzhenets (Russian: Се́ча при Ке́рженце; tr.: Secha pri Kerzhentse) is a 1971 Soviet animated film directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano and Yuriy Norshteyn. The film is set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and uses Russian frescoes and paintings from the 14th–16th centuries. These are animated using 2-dimensional stop motion animation.


  19. The Humpbacked Horse
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    The Humpbacked Horse (1941)

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    The Humpbacked Horse (Russian: Конёк-Горбунок) is a 1941 Soviet film directed by Alexander Rou and produced at Soyuzdetfilm studios. It is based on a fairy tale by Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov.


  20. Kashchey bessmertnyy
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    Kashchey bessmertnyy (1945)

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    Kashchey the Deathless (Russian: Кащей Бессмертный) is a 1944 black and white Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou and produced at Soyuzdetfilm Studios. The story and characters are drawn from Slavic folklore, particularly, evil wizard Kashchey, who is the main antagonist in the movie.


  21. Kamennyy tsvetok
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    Kamennyy tsvetok (1977)

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    The Stone Flower (Russian: Каменный цветок, Kamennyj tsvetok) is a stop motion animated film directed by Oleg Nikolaevsky. It is an adaptation of Pavel Bazhov's stories "The Stone Flower" and "The Master Craftsman". It was released by Sverdlovsk Film Studio in 1977.


  22. By Pike
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    By Pike (1938)

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    Wish upon a Pike (Russian: По щучьему веленью) is a 1938 fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou, which is debut and filmed at Soyuzdetfilm. It is adapted from a play by Yelizaveta Tarakhovskaya, itself based on several tales from Slavic folklore.


  23. Stepanova pamyatka
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    Stepanova pamyatka (1977)

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    Stepan's Remembrance (Russian: Степанова памятка, Stepanova pamyatka) is a 1976 Soviet fantasy film directed by Konstantin Yershov. It is an adaptation of Pavel Bazhov's stories based on the Ural region Russian folklore. The stories were published The Malachite Box collection in 1939.




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