All-Color Program Presented at the Stanley
A.W. Jan. 26, 1948
Having sent American audiences the feature-length “Stone Flower” and one or two shorter items, it was obvious that the Russian film-makers were taking their recently-developed color process seriously and that more such offerings would be forthcoming. So, the all-color program now at the Stanley hardly is a surprise but an indication that the Soviet movie men seem to be aiming their cameras at practically everything in sight. However, “The Lucky Bride,” which tops the polychromatic package, is far less colorful as to plot, music or lyrics than the professional photography of “Soviet Chrome Color.”Like many comedy operettas, “The Lucky Bride” tells a story that is flat and tedious, having to do with a handsome Hussar and the pretty maid whose father wants to marry her off to someone with the initials, A. F. Seems that this is a stipulation laid down by an eccentric aunt who is providing the young lady’s dowry. The acting of Nikolai Gritsenko, as a curly-haired Hussar; Elena Shvetsova, as his pretty soprano vis-a-vis; Makoim Shtraukh, as her corpulent, comic-opera father; Anna Lysianskaya, as her blond and beautiful maid, and Sergei Stolyarov, as the maid’s soldier-beau, is as mechanical and uninspired as the music.The score, to this untrained listener, seemed repetitious and far from lilting. But though there is an occasional blurring or unnatural facial tinge, the Soviet color technicians have done ample justice both to the players and to the many-hued costumes of the Napoleonic period. The over-all effect compares favorably with our better color processes.Most effective use of that color, however, is in an educational short subject, “Secrets of Nature,” which treats of reproduction in plants. Here the pastel shades of various flowers are distinct, delicate and natural and lend much to the informational objective of the picture. “Song of Happiness,” a cartoon reminiscent of the Walt Disney technique; a newsreel of the last May Day parade in Moscow, and a reel on art, a new passenger plane and experiments in horticulture, round out the bill.
THE LUCKY BRIDE; story and direction by Igor Savchenko; music by Sergei Potonky; lyrics by Dmitri Fliangoltz; a Russian film produced by the Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, U.S.S.R., and released here through Artkino Pictures 24 January 1948.
Ivan Mordashov . . . . . Makoim Shtraukh
Luba, his daughter . . . . . Elena Shvetsova
Akulina . . . . . Anna Lysianskaya
Lieutenant Fadeyev . . . . . Nikolai Gritsenko
Faddel . . . . . Sergei Stolyarov
The Rich Aunt . . . . . Alexandra Panova
Выпущен на экран в СССР 1 июля 1947 года..
Hungary – 6 November 1947
Germany – 2 December 1947
Yugoslavia – 1948
USA – 24 January 1948
Sweden – 17 March 1948
Austria – 7 September 1948
Slovenia – 30 December 1948
Mexico – 10 May 1949
Argentina – 6 January 1954
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