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Viy

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Added Tue, 07/11/2017
Release date
27-11-1967
Original title
Вий
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"Viy" is the first Soviet horror film based on the novel of the same name by N.V. Gogol, released in November 1967. This is the earliest surviving film adaptations of the story (before that there were films of 1909, 1912 and 1916). In addition to the USSR, it was also shown in the USA, Argentina, Finland and France. The plot of the painting almost literally copies the original work, so it makes no sense to analyze it in detail.

The visual range of the film is quite unusual: the picture is made in the spirit of children's fairy tales of that time (which did not prevent her from scaring more than one thousand viewers at the time). This is due to the fact that the first, filmed on location, material disappointed the management of Mosfilm, being "too realistic". After that, it was decided to involve the famous film storyteller Alexander Ptushko in the filming, under whose leadership many scenes were reinterpreted and re-filmed. As a result, many really frightening scenes that were present in the first version were removed from the picture. For example, according to the idea of George Kropachev, Viy was supposed to look more anthropomorphic – a giant feeble old man who was supported by all kinds of infernal creatures.

The video sequence of this film can hardly be used to simulate "real" evidence of anomalous phenomena - both because of the popularity of the picture, the images of which are too recognizable, and because of the initial unreality of the frames, which the creators sought. Nevertheless, the visual images presented in the film could well influence people's ideas about the appearance of mystical creatures.

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The film "Viy" (1967), although it is the first Soviet horror film, was reshot in the style of children's fairy tales of that time, and the original material was considered too frightening

The Soviet film "Viy" (1967) is the earliest surviving film adaptations of the story (before that there were films of 1909, 1912 and 1916).

The main character, bursak Homa Brut, and his friends stumbled upon a house at night on the way, where they asked to spend the night. The hostess of the house, who turned out to be a witch, decided to show herself riding a horse around the neighborhood. Homa beat the witch, after which she died and after death turned into a charming girl. Soon he is called to read the Psalter for three nights at the coffin of a young lady, who turns out to be the very witch who now wants to take revenge on Homa. Brutus tries to escape, but this is prevented by Pannochka's father, who promised to fulfill his daughter's dying request. The centurion puts Homa before a choice: if the seminarian completes the rite— a generous reward awaits him; if Homa tries to evade the funeral service— he, by the will of the centurion, will be severely punished. Homa reads prayers for three nights, drawing a circle around himself, and at this time the witch herself tries to see and kill him first, and then the ghouls, ghouls and Viy himself.

Phenomena in artwork: Werewolf

In the film, as in the original work, lycanthropy is the ability of the witch-ladies. Its possibilities in the adaptation curtailed because of everyone mentioned in the story of reincarnation remains only the transformation in the old woman in the early paintings and in the end, when Homa is killed.

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Phenomena in artwork: Viy

The phenomenon of "Unknown creatures" in the film can be classified as all evil, representing the army Tions, and, in fact, the Wii. Shown in the film being classified into this category because, despite the fact that they are called vampires, vampires and werewolves, they do not commit any action that is characteristic of these creatures. Not respected and their external similarity with the appropriate representatives of the Slavic folklore. Visually, all of them did a caricature: vampires – fold ghouls technosite, ghouls – lipped.

On 7 March 1966 filmed the third night with the participation of monsters. It was a doll in the amount of 14 pieces. Here ran and the actors who played the live evil - vampires, ghouls, and vampires. All made-up so that they looked bald and naked. Some had a bluish tint, others a grayish-black, - says the researcher of cinema, writer Fedor Razzakov.

He Wii-like creature with the first illustrations of the story. Costume designers and makeup artists used burlap, tree roots, and door hinges, which are attached to a rather large eyelids of the monster. The image turned out quite colorful and frightening.

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Phenomena in artwork: Servodata

Supernatural abilities in the work are inherent in the witch-maiden. In the movie she shows them several times: flying in the clouds astride the Home and levitating in a coffin.

The idea of flying were often found among the beliefs of that time about witches and sorcerers. In particular, the true stories of the Slavic peoples, there are stories in which the witch in your or someone else's appearance (for example, pig or dog) jumps on the back of a man and offers to fly.

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