Skazka Stranstviy (1984)

Genres - Children's/Family, Action, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Legends, Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia, Romania, USSR  |  
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In this fantasy with dragons and flying machines, 10-year-old Marta (Tatiana Aksyuta) is determined to find her brother who was kidnapped at Christmastime by a fake Saint Nick because the little boy is blessed with the ability to locate gold. A kindly, wise philosopher-type by the name of Orlando (Andrei Mironov) joins Marta in her search, and together they survive a gigantic sleeping dragon and imprisonment in a tower with no clear means of escape. They overcome that hurdle, but later on, Orlando succumbs to the evils of The Plague (an all-consuming woman!) and Marta continues on her search alone. Eventually, she does find her brother -- but that only introduces problems she had never considered. Professional and well-interpreted, this make-believe story might have a few unusual moments that still do not ultimately detract from the entertaining tale.

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kidnapping, escape, imprisonment, rescue, brother, dragon, family-member, good-vs-evil