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Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka

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Added Wed, 06/01/2021
Release date
08-01-1962
Original title
Вечера на хуторе близ Диканьки
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"Evenings on a farm near Dikanka" ("The Night before Christmas") - Soviet full-length color feature film-a fairy tale, released in 1961. The film is an adaptation of the story Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol's "The Night before Christmas" from the cycle "Evenings on a farm near Dikanka".

The night before Christmas

N. V. Gogol

Book (fiction)|1832

One of the most famous stories of Gogol, which tells about the adventures of the blacksmith Vakula, for the sake of love, who risked contacting the devil, and, oddly enough, did not lose in this difficult duel

This is the second film adaptation of the story, the first was released in 1913.

The Night Before Christmas

Movie|1913

Based on Gogol's story. It is Christmas Eve, and the town witches’ son, a blacksmith, seeks an honest marriage to his love who wishes for a pair of shoes fit for the Tsarina. A mischievous devil is trapped into providing service to the smith.

The plot of the film repeats the original story and is a fairy-tale story that takes place on a Ukrainian farm near Dikanka on the night before Christmas. Village blacksmith Vakula, riding the devil, brings from the capital for his beloved Oksana, the daughter of a rich Cossack Chub, "cherevichki" of the queen herself.

Phenomena in artwork: Heck

One of the main characters of the film is the Devil. It is a completely brown-furred humanoid creature with a tail, small horns, glowing eyes in the dark, a snout instead of a nose and hooves in place of feet.

The devil is intelligent, speaks the human language and has supernatural abilities: he can fly, steal a month from the night sky, create a snowstorm, change the size of his body.

Unlike the 1913 film, the Devil does not try to jump on the Vakula's back to ride it.

Phenomena in artwork: Witchcraft

Witchcraft abilities are possessed by two characters in the film: the local witch Solokha and the Pot-bellied Patsyuk.

The witch can fly and collect stars from the sky. She is friendly with the Devil – they sit in her hut, drink gorilka and whisper.

Pot-bellied Patsyuk, who also "knows all the devils", is able to levitate small objects: the food itself is dipped in sour cream jumps into his mouth.


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