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The Tale of Time Lost
The Tale of Time Lost
Actors: Savely Kramarov, Georgi Vitsin, Oleg Anofriev, Valentina Telegina, Lida Konstantinova
Director: Alexander Ptushko
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
UR     2002     1hr 18min

In this classic Soviet fairy tale, four old sorcerers show up in a small town intent on regaining their former vigor and youth. But to do that, they must find four people who aimlessly waste their time. Fortunately for the...  more »

     
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Actors: Savely Kramarov, Georgi Vitsin, Oleg Anofriev, Valentina Telegina, Lida Konstantinova
Director: Alexander Ptushko
Genres: Indie & Art House, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/25/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1964
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 18min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Be warned -
11/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a dedicated Ptushko fan. The breadth of this man's imagination is awesome; a puppet/animation master way before the digital special effects revolution. With something to say no less. And ingenious, creative ways of saying it. For the child in all of us his message is of hope and his outlook on life and human nature is gentle and positive. Much of his work is in the realm of European folk and fairy tale. This tale does feature magic and deliciously evil sorcerers but is set in the mid-twentieth century. Basically, these four old evil-doers switch their ages with four young time-wasters. The children have only hours in which to reverse the spell. There are many stories today dealing with shifts in time, of identity switches. But this one was a forerunner. Yes, there is a moral, and it's repeated throughout the movie - and what's wrong with that? It's delivered with wit and humor, the young victims get it in the end, just in time to save their skins! The young hero isn't so bad to start with, just in need of a system check. And in the manner of a true hero, when he reaches the point where he can save himself he turns right around at great risk to find his fellow victims. If you want a movie without gimmicks, to spend an hour or so watching a master of the genre spin a simple, funny and enchanting tale, buy it. You'll like it! Our kids do."