Ilya Muromets (1956)

Review: Ilya Muromets (1956)

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko

Cast: Boris Andreyev, Ninel Myshkova, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Georgi Demin,

Boris Andreyev
Boris Andreyev
Ninel Myshkova
Ninel Myshkova
Shukur Burkhanov
Shukur Burkhanov
Andrei Abrikosov
Andrei Abrikosov
Georgi Demin
Georgi Demin

Plot: Legendary fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s sweeping, visual F/X-filled epic is one of his most enchanting achievements: a stunning Cinemascope ballad of heroic medieval knights, ruthless Tugar invaders, wind demons and three-headed fire-breathing dragons. Based on one of the most famous byliny (oral epics) in Kievan Rus’ culture, the film stars Boris Andreyev as the bogatyr (knight) Ilya, waging a decades-long battle against the Tugars who threaten his homeland, kidnap his wife and raise his own son to fight against him.

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Aleksandr Ptushko’s epic fantasies

Aleksandr Ptushko’s epic fantasies

Deaf Crocodile has released two of Aleksandr Ptsuhko’s epic fantasies in gorgeous Blu-ray editions which restore the films to their original form after decades of only being available in badly-dubbed, re-edited versions. Ptushko’s […]

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