Fire, Water, and... Brass Pipes Ogon’, voda i… mednye truby

Director: Aleksander Rowe
Screenplay: Mikhail Volpin, Nikolay Erdman
Photography: Dmitry Surensky
Design: Arseny Klopotovsky
Music: Nikolay Budashkin
Sound: Anatoly Dikan
Cast: Natalya Sedykh, Aleksey Katyshev, Georgy Millyar, Vera Altayskaya, Leonid Kharitonov, Aleksey Smirnov, Mikhail Pugovkin
Production: Gorky Film Studio
USSR, 1968, 81’
1 October 17:00, Cinema on the seafront
There exists a Russian idiom, "to go through fire, water and brass pipes" meaning approximately "to go to hell and back"; in other words, to persevere in the face of extreme adversity.
The young collier Vasya goes into the forest to collect firewood. In a clearing he spies the lovely Alyonushka grazing her goat Byelochka. As soon as he has fallen in love with the girl, werewolves appear and kidnap her to deliver to the wicked Koshchei. To rescue his beloved, Vasya must go through a literal version of the titular proverb: first he must pass through the kingdoms of fire and water, then contend with the more challenging "brass pipes", that is, to resist the temptation of fame and flattery.

Aleksander Rowe

Alexander Rowe (1906 – 1973) was a Soviet film director, and People's Artist of the RSFSR (1968). He was born to an Irish father and a Greek mother. Started his career as an actor in agitteatre. Finished film school named after Tchaikovsky (1930) and college for dramatic arts named after Ermolova. Starting in 1930, he worked at Mezhrabpomfilm as an assistant director to Yakov Protazanov. From 1937, he worked at the "Soyuzdetfilm" studio, later known as the Gorky Film Studio. Among his most notable works, are Wish Upon a Pike (1938), Vasilisa the Beautiful (1939), Kashchey the Deathless (1944), May Nights (1953), The Magic Weaver (1959), Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (1960) and Morozko (1964) which won Lion of San Marco award of Venice Film Festival.