Ilya Muromets (1960)
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The original Russian title of The Sword and the Dragon was Ilya Muromets. Boris Andreyev plays the title character, a legendary Russian hero of the Middle Ages. Fact and fantasy meld copacetically as Muromets does battle not only with human adversaries but with three-headed, fire-breathing dragons and other such obstacles. Special effects in Soviet films of the 1950s generally seem to be of the "Howdy Doody" school; not so the effects in Sword and the Dragon, which retain their razzle and dazzle even after 40 years' worth of Kubrick, Lucas, Spielberg and the like. Sword and the Dragon was released in the U.S. in 1960, shorn of several minutes' running time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Ilya Muromets," the Tartars arrive in town for their occasional looting and pillaging, taking Vasilisa(Nelli Myshkova) with them. Her love Ilya Muromets(Boris Andreyev) can do nothing to stop them since he is paralyzed. Soon after, a group of pilgrims show up and not only heal him, but also endow him with superhuman strength.(At this point, Ilya faces his greatest test when is interrogated by a pack of feral sportswriters.) Not content to simply plow the land, he heads off to Kiev to sign up with Prince Vladimir's(Andrei Abrikosov) resistance who has his doubts until Ilya dispatches the Tartar ambassador sent by Tsar Kalin(Shukur Burkhanov).[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Ilya Muromets" is a corny and ludicrous movie that fails even as nationalistic propoganda as it makes the Tartars out to be particularly cartoonish. Everything imaginable short of the kitchen sink is on display but the action is never grounded in any sort of human emotion. And while I would never stoop to pick on primitive special effects, bad editing is quite another matter.[/font]
Its ridiculous. Its corny. Its hokey. The Acting is over the top. Its all around hilarious...and yet the cheapo special effects are kind of great and the story is decent. Not the best movie in the world, and certainly not one with the best budget...but it kind of overcame that and is somehow fun.
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