Moscow production; shot in the desert.
, 18 Jul 2011
This film was made for Soviet children's cinema in 1966, and is in Russian. The first menu is in Cyrillic lettering, but it changes to English and then French. If you don't want to wait, the English button is the middle one. That menu chooses between those three soundtracks (and the use of menus in those languages) and there are also many sets of subtitles. The 'foreign' tracks use a common 'music and effects' track as basis, so sung material is not translated (and not all of it is subtitled when they are used).
In so far that any Soviet film could be said to have a budget, I don't think this film had a large one - yet it was shot in a spacious 'permanent' set, and has scenes using a lot of extras.
The story probably goes back to the original 1001 Nights version (Scheherazade is mentioned, untranslated, in the opening 'music' track), without any of the Chinese accretions of the British Pantomime. I think the young will enjoy, and there are sly jokes to amuse the adults! Given the age of the film, it is in remarkably good condition and colour.
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