Ruslan and Ludmilla (Ptushko, 1972): Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, 7.30pm
This is screening as part of the Scala Beyond, a six-week season
celebrating all forms of cinema exhibition across the UK, from film
clubs to film festivals, picture palaces to pop-up venues. You can find
more details here at the website.
Here is the Horse Hospital introduction: An otherworldly adaptation of Pushkin’s famous poem. Ruslan and
Ludmilais arguably the greatest masterpiece of director and visual
effects pioneer Aleksandr Ptushko, one of the great image makers and
innovators in the world of fantasy filmmaking, sometimes referred to as
“The Red Disney”. Running at 149mins over two parts, this epic Fairytale
magically delivers surreal characters—a sorcerer midget with a
fifty-foot beard, a demonic, hunchbacked witch—and spellbinding sets
such as the midget’s glimmering crystalline castle, hell bound figures
chained inside a cavern, and a decapitated giant’s head. Ptushko’s final
film follows Ruslan’s adventures as he fights to bring back the
beautiful princess Ludmila from the little, impish hands of the sorcerer
Tchernomor. A wonderful opportunity to see this underrated, fantastical cinematic
feat! A true visualisation of legend and myth, not to be missed!
Here is an extract.