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Magic Seed

USSR, 1943 (MIFF 1957, Russian Cinema in Retrospect)

Director: V. Kadochnikov, F. Filipov

A Russian fairytale of two children who, aided by an eccentric old gentleman from another planet, overthrow a terrible ogre, his army of "Long-noses", and his principal henchman. "Eatalive". The illusion of fairyland is consistently achieved by a combination of unreal lighting, bizarre landscapes and special effects which reduce the size of human beings to a minute level.

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The Lower Depths

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