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The Blue Bird (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, Lenfilm, 20th Century Fox
DVD Region: ALL

Theatrical release: 1976
DVD release: 2004
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1, Mono
Language(s): Russian, English, French (voice over)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian
Format: 4:3
Genre(s): Fairytale, Children film, Family film

This screen adaptation of the Maurice Maeterlinck’s tale was the first Soviet-American co-production.

The Blue Bird is an embodiment of happiness, both immediate and distant, that every person is sure to find if he recognizes it. The children of a woodcutter, Tiltil and Mitil, found themselves, while sleeping, in an amazing country, shown to them by Fairy Light. All domestic animals and foodstuffs come alive there and turn into real people. They helped the children fulfil the Fairy’s request – find the Blue Bird, although the bird proved to look different from what the brother and sister had seen in their dreams.

Awards: Honorary Diploma at the Teheran IFF for Children and Youth, 1976.

Director:
George Cukor

Script:
Aleksej Kapler, Hugh Whitemore

Camera:
Jonas Augustino Gritsyus

Music:
Andrey Petrov

Cast:
Georgij Vitsin, Margarita Terekhova, Leonid Nevedomskij, Oleg Popov, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Ava Gardner, Cicely Tyson

Art Director:
Valerij Yurkevich

Sound producer:
Grigorij El'bert