ⓘ The Night Before Christmas (1961 film)


ⓘ The Night Before Christmas (1961 film)

The Night Before Christmas, also known as Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, is a 1961 Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou, based on a Christmas Eve, first story in the second volume of the collection Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka by Nikolai Gogol.


1. Plot

This eccentric and fantastical fairy tale takes place near the village of Dikanka on the night before Christmas. Amid carol singing, drunken revelry, and amorous hijinks, the blacksmith Vakula persuades the Devil to fly him to Sankt-Petersburg, where he hopes to obtain a pair of the Empresss heels which might win him Oksanas love.


2. Cast

  • Lyudmyla Myznikova as Oksana
  • Anatoly Kubatsky as Panas
  • Mikhail Troyanovsky
  • Aleksandr Radunsky as The Head
  • Georgi Millyar as The Devil
  • Aleksandr Khvylya as Chub
  • Aleksei Smirnov
  • Mykola Yakovchenko as Patsyuk
  • Dmitri Kapka as Shanuvalenko
  • Vera Altayskaya as Wife of Panas
  • Sergei Martinson as Osip, the Sacristan
  • Aleksandr Demyanenko
  • Maryna Sidorchuk as Odarka
  • Yuri Tavrov as Vakula
  • Lyudmila Khityaeva as Solokha
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