/ KASHCHEY THE IMMORTAL
A fairy tale beginning with a barbaric attack by black knights on an idyllic Russian village. A mushroom man guides the hero Nikita into the realm of the allegedly immortal bone-man Kashchey, who has abducted the beautiful Mariya, Nikita’s fiancée. Nikita flies on a magic carpet to Kashchey’s palace, where he liberates Mariya and conquers Kashchey in a duel reminiscent of scenes in Eisenstein’s ALEKSANDR NEVSKIJ. Combining self-ironical sequences with deep faith in the inevitability of Russian victory over foreign (vulgo: German) barbarians, the film translates various fairy-tale motifs – Russian, oriental, German – into impressive fantasy-animation elements.
Caligari: 07.04. / 1.30 pm