Zaporozhets za Dunayem (1939)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Costume Adventure  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USSR, Ukraine  |  
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In addtion to his usual horror-film and crime-flick assignments, cult-favorite director Edward G. Ulmer also helmed several foreign-language films. One of these was the Ukranian-language Zaporosch Sa Dunayem, also released as Cossacks in Exile and Cossacks Across the Danube. Forced out of their homeland by Catherine the Great, a band of Cossacks take up residence in Turkey. The film concentrates on one such Cossack family and their efforts to acclimate themselves with their new neighbors (with a romantic subplot well in evidence). Based on an 1863 operetta by S. Artemowksy, Cossacks in Exile is a curious but generally successful blend of comedy, melodrama and authentic-sounding folk music.

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exile, poverty, soldier