Sunday, March 8, 2020

Rusalochka (1976)

A Russian version of Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Full movie, HERE. According to Tilly Daisy:
Vladimir Bychkov’s Russian adaptation of Hans Christen Anderson’s The Little Mermaid is such a simplistically charming cinematic piece. From beginning to end a viewer is captivated by the beauty of the mermaid and the world in which the film is set. The color palette, music, costumes and camera shots all help to make it a magical and sweet-lipped film.
Just as the legends of mermaids tell of their being seductive temptresses, Rusalochka is herself an almost hypnotic presence throughout the course of the film due to her naivety and beauty. In the sequence following the opening when viewers are transported into the world of the fairy-tale, the expansive underwater shots of the mermaids are mesmerizing and eerie. The viewer is drawn in by the fluidity of the mermaids’ motions and the delicate music that resembles a lullaby. The dreamlike quality of it combined with the soft turquoise palette help to visualize the imaginative world of myths and legends.
The repetition of the jingling music, the close-up shots of Rusalochka’s face with her hypnotic blue eyes, her soft voice and her delicate movements all help to enhance this fantastical tale. After her change from mermaid into girl her cautiousness on her newly appeared legs is enthralling and much later in the film the dance scene at the palace with her lightness of step is mesmerizing. The allure of her character makes the film heart-warming, fully capturing the beauty of the original fairy-tale. Her blue dress symbolizes the world below water from which she originates with the floaty fabric and oceanic patterning helping to combine both worlds just as the film aims to blur the barrier between human and mermaid life. (Read more.)

And Dvořák's Rusalka is yet another variation, connected to the German fairy-tale Undine. More HERE. Share

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