USSR, 1975, dir. Igor Usov, Gennady Kazansky.
Cast: Mikhail Boyarsky, Valentina Kosobutskaya, Georgy Shtil, Boris Smolkin.
All those over 35 will remember this popular at one time children’s musical, which was constantly shown on New Year’s Eve. A couple of undergraduates working on the opposition: a slightly boring, serious bespectacled Vitya believes in technical progress, and the mischievous burr Masha – in miracles. Evil Koschey kidnaps the Snow Maiden in order to use it to make a feast for his evil spirits.
To save the Snow Maiden, Masha and Vitya are summoned, whom Santa Claus sends to the fairy forest right from the school. On the way, children have an unrivaled trio of “Wild Guitars” composed of wild cat Matthew, Baba-Yaga and Leshego, but the young technician Vitya easily neutralizes them with a mechanical mouse, stun gun and other modern techniques.
The stove, Yablonka and Lesovichok are no longer aggressive, they only need the help of children. In the end, everything ends well, as it should be in a fairy tale – the evil Koschey only needs to cure his teeth so that he will let go of the Snow Maiden. The role of the wild cat Matthew was played and sang by Mikhail Boyarsky.
By the way, his hero calls Koshchei a couple of times his uncle, and it’s not surprising – the role of Koshchei was really played by Mikhail’s uncle, actor Nikolai Boyarsky.
Why look: beautiful music by Gennady Gladkov. In addition, the tape is a little over an hour, so that neither the child nor the parents will have enough time to get tired.
Quote: “Easy!” My dad is a candidate of technical sciences.
And I will not allow an illiterate old woman to eat you. ”
USSR, 1966, dir. Gennady Kazansky.
Cast: Elena Proklova, Natalya Klimova, Yevgeny Leonov.
The film was released almost 50 years ago, when the performer of the role of Gerda Elena Proklova still went to school, and did not act in television shows for a couple with a healer Gennady Malakhov. But Evgeny Leonov in this picture tried on the crown and royal mantle long before a similar role in the “Ordinary Miracle”.
In the early 2000s, the film was restored, so that it can be found on DVD in good quality. Along with the snow-covered streets of Tallinn, part of the tape action unfolds in the summer forest. However, the winter magic on the screen is enough for you – the laconic palaces of the Snow Queen, appearing in the finals, look good even after almost five decades.
Along with the live actors in the film, there are puppet characters – Raven, Deer, as well as animated cartoons – for example, the Snow Queen is surrounded by an animated blizzard, and the dreams of the court ladies and gentlemen slightly resemble the classic cartoon Nutcracker.
Why look: the characters of the characters are transparent and unequivocal. Who is bad and who is good – the child will understand himself.
The snow queen is majestic and full of dignity, enchanted Kay behaves disgustingly.
United States, 1990, dir. Chris Columbus.
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern.
This Christmas comedy turned out to be incredibly popular and gathered a huge cashier – about 533 million dollars, thanks to which it even got into the Guinness Book of Records. A couple of years, the creators released the sequel, “Home Alone-2: Lost in New York.”
And after that three more films under this name were made, however, they all had a different cast and less known. Yes, and the popularity of the picture-pioneer to reach them failed. But the first film was for the whole generation of children a kind of “Irony of Fate” – many adults nowadays people fondly remember “Home Alone”, asserting that only this movie creates a festive mood at the end of the year.
There is a place for the Christmas horror story (the story about the old janitor Marley, who allegedly killed his family once), and the festive family fuss, thanks to which the intrigue is twisted (little Kevin is forgotten at home) and, of course, good deeds (Marly’s reunion with his granddaughter ) and a happy ending (everyone celebrates Christmas at home, with the whole family).
Why look: unites the whole family – the tricks of the funny 10-year-old Macaulay Kalkin amuse both children and adults alike. A richly decorated house with festive illuminations and Christmas carols set up an appropriate mood.
Quote: “Hey you! I eat all sorts of rubbish and watch all sorts of nonsense, where are you? Stop me! ”
USSR, 1964, dir. Alexander Row.
Cast: Alexander Khvylya, Natalya Sedykh, Inna Churikova.
The classic tale from the master of this genre Alexander Row. The picture is so Russian in spirit that it was recognized in the USA as the worst film of all time – it is difficult for foreigners to accept the logic of a father who personally takes his beloved daughter to freeze into the woods, as well as the existence of a hut on chicken legs. Meanwhile, the film cannot be forgotten, at least thanks to a widely replicated frame – Inna Churikova in the image of Marfushka with sharply painted cheeks.
Gentle-voiced Nastya and Kashchei’s unchallenged Georgiy Milyar are also in their place. In spite of some cynical play of actors, the film is quite fascinating – in 80 minutes of anything that does not occur, the tape does not end even with Nastya finding a groom. “Morozko” is a must-see for anyone who is tired of the modern stone jungle – the cinema is rich in beautiful landscapes, including winter ones, with huge snowdrifts, snow-covered spruces and a blue sky.
Why to look: against the background of the pre-holiday anxiety, it calms and pacifies. The poetic form of the replicas fascinates children and completely immerses into a fairy tale.
Quote: “Maman! And Nastya’s braid is better than mine! “Yours is more expensive, bought at the fair!”
United States, 2000, dir. Ron Howard.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kristen Baransky.
Without the story of a green hairy creature, many people do not imagine Christmas, so Jim Carrey could have remained in the history of cinema, having played only this one role. It is curious that wide audience love did not protect the picture from the contempt of professional critics – the film was nominated for the Golden Raspberry for the “worst scenario” and “the worst remake”.
The action takes place in the fictional town of Ktohrade, all of whose inhabitants love Christmas, so this is a real fairy tale – with funny nosy characters in makeup and wigs, specially built houses and squares. By the way, his “Oscar” for the makeup “Grinch” still issued.
Cinema takes more than 1 hour and 40 minutes, so the viewing will certainly stretch over the entire long winter evening, with a cup of tea and homemade sweets.
Why look: garlands glittering in the winter darkness, endless colored lights, an elegant Christmas tree, a classic western red-green gamma — the decorators created a visual feast. Do not be lazy, look for a copy in the best quality.
Quote: “It’s because I’m green, right?”
USSR, 1953, dir. Ivan Lukinsky.
Cast: Vera Vasilyeva, Yura Chuchunov, Andrei Chilikin.
Unusually charming film, which at first glance can not be counted as a holiday. However, the tape takes place just before the New Year, which Chuk and Huck want to meet with their geologist dad, to whom they are going with their mom.
Modern children, accustomed to bright colors on the screen, usually do not like black-and-white films, however, due to frequent close-ups, it is easy to watch the picture. The liveliness of the tape is also due to the fact that the little main characters are not voiced by actresses at the age, as was often the case in our cinema, but by the children themselves.
Family viewing will certainly be accompanied by comments from grandparents. After all, in the film, there are a lot of everyday details that have long been sunk into oblivion, and from even more curious things – stockings on boys, holes in train tickets, denoting departure date, broad passes in carriages, towers.
The role of Chuka and Huck’s mother was convincingly played by the young and childless Vera Vasilyeva.
Why look: adults return, and children dips in those times when the value of homemade Christmas toys was immutable.
Quote: “If mother asks about the telegram, we will say. And if he doesn’t ask, why are we going to jump forward, we are not upstart! ”
Canada, 2010, dir. Robert Vince.
Cast: Reese Alexander, Didrich Bader, Sugar Binjaz.
In the story, Santa Claus is presented with a toy dog, which is a real miracle! – comes to life, turns into a touching snow-white puppy and gets the name Lapus. Together with his new friend, Santa Claus is sent to New York, where he loses his memory.
In parallel, the story unfolds seven-year-old Queen, which is placed in the orphanage of the evil Mrs. Taut, who hates Christmas. As a result, the shelter girls, Santa Claus and Lapus are waiting for an adventure, of course, with a happy ending. The story is simple, the play of actors is a bit naive, deer and dogs know how to talk (but only people who believe in Christmas can hear them) – in short, the movie will go better in children under 10 years old.
In this case, kids can safely leave in front of the TV alone – the film is very kind and at the same time fascinating.
Why watch: festive entourage, life-affirming songs, miracles and magical transformations in the film abound.
Quote: “What could be more wonderful than to surround children with care and love! That’s why we celebrate Christmas. ”
2009, Great Britain, Hungary, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky.
Starring: El Fanning, John Turturro, Julia Vysotskaya.
If you have not seen the film four years ago (the premiere in Russia took place on January 1, 2011), it’s time to do it now. However, no one can guarantee that you will like this Nutcracker. After all, the film is the least like the old good fairy tale.
The action was transferred to Vienna in the 20s of the 20th century, Uncle Drosselmeyer looks like Einstein, the characters greet Dr. Freud, and the rat army suspiciously resembles the Nazis of the Third Reich. Be prepared for the fact that the wooden Nutcracker will not be a bold and noble prince, but a fussy mini-Napoleon.
However, the protagonist will not ask himself the Nutcracker, but EnCi (from English NC – NutCracker). Russian dubbing will add fuel to the fire – Philip Kirkorov sings and speaks for the Rat King, and Alla Pugacheva sings for his mother, the Rat Queen (however, Prima Donna worked out so professionally that she didn’t recognize her at once).
In fairness, we note that the film was shot soundly, with a Hollywood swing, and the magic music of Tchaikovsky is still amazing.
Why look: ambiguously perceived by many viewers and critics, the picture is perfect in the event that you want something new and non-standard.
Quote: “Vote for the ratification of the whole country!”
Russia, 1997, dir. Tigran Keosayan.
Cast: Julia Chernova, Alexander Zbruyev, Vera Glagoleva, Olga Volkova, Valery Garkalin, Boris Sichkin, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan.
One of the rare films made in the 90s, managed to catch the fancy of the audience. “Poor Sasha” was even included in the list of the best domestic New Year films. Calling a picture of a nursery would be an exaggeration, if only because of the criminal theme present, but it’s quite a draw for a family comedy. The “new Russian” girl, Sasha, plans to rob the bank of her mother so that she will cease to be a banker and stayed with her daughter. The fake Santa Claus, who tried to rob the house, should help her in this.
Fans of the film are sure that there is not a single character in it and all the actors are in their places, especially since the casting ensemble is not bad. Despite the fact that in the frame the New Year’s attributes rarely appear, the movie still creates a festive mood, but for this you need to watch it to the end.
Why look: sympathize with sweet poor Sasha and be glad that your family is celebrating the holiday in full force.
Quote: “And all because a week before the New Year, I realized: I was already 12, my childhood was over, and Santa Claus would never come.”
Finland, 2007, dir. Juha Wuolioki.
Cast: Hannu-Pekka Bjorkkman, Kari Väänänen, Minna Haapkyulya.
Finnish filmmakers shot a surprisingly good film, devoid of action and special effects. In a Scandinavian restrained tape, it tells of who St. Nicholas is (in fact, this is Santa Claus or Joulupukki, as the Finns call him).
The boy Nicholas living in Lapland is killed by his parents. Then the villagers agree to take the orphan to stay for a year.
Every Christmas, Nicholas goes to another family, and before that he leaves the children with hand-made gifts – carved wood horses, cats, piglets. In the hungry year, Nicholas is given up for his education to an unsociable carpenter from distant places, but this does not prevent the boy to continue to secretly bring gifts to the village every year.
Gradually, Nicholas grows up, and for the distribution of gifts he starts a reindeer team, and to wear reindeer to listen, he puts on red clothes. Lapland covered with snow, fantastic Scandinavian landscapes, a wooden workshop with hundreds of burning wax candles create a very warm atmosphere.
Finnish phrases breaking through the Russian translation give a special charm.
Why look: a touching and calm film is not at all like noisy Hollywood pictures, but not worse than they are immersed in a fairy tale.
Quote: Wilkka! Vyalkku! Only
Valkku! Get ready for landing! ”