1h 3m | Family | 1954
The first feature film by Paradjanov, which, presumably, is a relatively mainstream fairy tale about a young shepherd called Andriesh.
Expanded from Parajanov and Bazelyn’s Moldovian Fairy Tales diploma film, this has plucky little shepherd Andriesh journeying to the evil sorceror’s castle to rescue his flock, his faithful dog and the girlfriend of people’s hero Voisovan, assisted by talking trees, a giant and a flying horse, all to the accompaniment of a stridently Soviet (ie over-emphatic) score. With only the lyrical opening actually shot out on the steppes, the weird sets and light of the studio render the special effects acceptably charming, coming off like a low-rent Russian Thief of Baghdad. Prajanov described it as expressing “an absence of experience, craftsmanship and good taste”, but it’s no less enjoyable for that, even if one cannot help but feel that Andriesh is rather cheated by the denouement.
Directors: Yakov Bazelyan, Sergei Parajanov
Writers: Yemelian Bukov, Grigoriy Koltunov, Sergey Shvartszoyd
Stars: Giuli Chokhonelidze, Konstantin Russu, Nodar Shashigoglu
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Also known as: Andries
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 1.37 GiB
Duration : 1 h 1 min
Overall bit rate : 3 194 kb/s
Links: iMDB | NFO | Screenshots backup