Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

  This Russian film was directed by Aleksandr Rou. And like all fairy tales, it has a moral.  And, like many Russian films, that moral tends toward glorifying the State.  And that’s okay.  I don’t mind.  I liked this film a lot.  I loved the colors and the characters with their backwards names, like “Dneirf,” which was translated in the subtitles as “Friend.” Or “Lesaew,” which … Continue reading Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1963)

Major Lull in Brain Activity: An Attempt to Catch Up

I’ve recently experienced a major lull in brain activity that has kept me away from my blossoming blog.  That doesn’t mean, however, that I haven’t been watching any films.  On the contrary, I’ve been watching just as many as I normally do, I just haven’t been writing about them.   I’ll just say a few things about a few of the films I’ve watched recently, because … Continue reading Major Lull in Brain Activity: An Attempt to Catch Up

Old Khottabych (1956)

I didn’t realize it when I ordered the film on Netflix, but based on the number of languages available in subtitles and overdubbing, this film must have had quite a world-wide appeal.  Or, at the very least, it has become a classic of Russian cinema.  It’s a delightful, propagandistically-charged (if that’s even a word) tale of a young, and “well educated” Soviet boy, Volka, who comes across … Continue reading Old Khottabych (1956)