Morozko

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR

A favorite of generations of Russian children, this folktale-derived film was badly dubbed and renamed "Jack Frost" for US distribution and is best known to many viewers for having been raked over Mystery Science Theater 3000 coals. Gentle, pretty Nastenka (Natalya Sedykh), a poor girl with a kind heart, lives with her wicked stepmother (Vera Altajskaya)...read more

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A favorite of generations of Russian children, this folktale-derived film was badly dubbed and renamed "Jack Frost" for US distribution and is best known to many viewers for having been raked over Mystery Science Theater 3000 coals. Gentle, pretty Nastenka (Natalya Sedykh), a poor girl with a kind heart, lives with her wicked stepmother (Vera Altajskaya) and evil ugly stepsister, Marfushka (Inna Churikova). Nastenka falls in love with Ivan (Eduard Izotov), a handsome but boastful young villager whose arrogance compels the forest's mushroom people to teach him a lesson by turning him into a bear. Meanwhile, even though Nastenka faithfully does all the cooking and cleaning, her stepmother tries to get rid of her by turning her out into the woods on a bitterly cold winter day. Fortunately, once good wizard Morzko — Father Frost or, perhaps more accurately, Old Man Winter (Aleksandr Khvylya) &#151 takes a benevolent interest in Nastenka's fate, so even the machinations of wicked witch Baba Yaga (Georgy Millyar), with her cat familiar and her house on chicken legs, can't harm her. Though the story's deep Slavic roots make it seem more than a little surreal to non-Slavs and the special effects look dated by modern-day standards, this fantasy film features gorgeous costumes and handsome location photography.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A favorite of generations of Russian children, this folktale-derived film was badly dubbed and renamed "Jack Frost" for US distribution and is best known to many viewers for having been raked over Mystery Science Theater 3000 coals. Gentle, pretty Nastenka… (more)

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