Charodei

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Charodei
DVD-Charodei.jpg
Film DVD cover
Directed byKonstantin Bromberg
Written byArkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky
Music byYevgeni Krylatov
Production
company
Release dates1982
Running time160 min
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian
 
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Charodei
DVD-Charodei.jpg
Film DVD cover
Directed byKonstantin Bromberg
Written byArkady Strugatsky
Boris Strugatsky
Music byYevgeni Krylatov
Production
company
Release dates1982
Running time160 min
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian

Charodei (Russian: Чародеи, translations - Enchanters, Sorcerers, Magicians) is a 1982 Soviet film directed by Konstantin Bromberg, loosely based on the science fantasy novel Monday Begins on Saturday by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.

First script was more related to the canon novel (Monday Begins on Saturday) and was in fact an intention to make its screen version, with some new storylines though, but Bromberg didn't like it and Strugatsky Brothers wrote absolutely new script from scratch. History later repeated with another film by Sokurov "Days of Eclipse" (Dni zatmeniya).

Film became a classic Soviet New Year's Eve romantic comedies, such as Irony of Fate (Ironiya sud'by) and The Carnival Night (Karnavalnaya noch).

Plot summary[edit]

Ivan Puhov (A. Abdulov) is in love with a young and pretty girl Alyona (A. Yakovleva). Little does know Ivan that Alyona is working as a witch. The marriage is already scheduled, but just one circumstance of "winter heart" magic induced by Kira Shemahanskaya (Ye. Vasilyeva), the institute director, who is convinced by Sataneev (V. Gaft), separates them. Her friends — magic wood masters, working in NUINU (Scientific Universal Institute of Extraordinary Services, a NIICHAVO subsidiary in Kitezhgrad; for NIICHAVO see Monday Begins on Saturday) - decides to interfere and help to save the love. They convince Puhov to return and save Alyona right now.

Cast[edit]

Film soundtrack[edit]

Film soundtrack includes many classical Soviet songs (some of them romantic), written by Yevgeni Krylatov and Leonid Derbenyov, including:

Music performance by State Symphony Orchestra of Cinematography of the USSR.

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