ILYA MUROMETS (THE SWORD & THE DRAGON) – Retroview by Diane Carson

A 1956 Russian film based on heroic oral folk tales might invite a rather wild indulgence of visual style and theatrical acting. That’s exactly what director Alexander Ptushko delivers in Ilya Muromets (The Sword & the Dragon). In elaborately, even outrageously dramatizing the knight Ilya’s gruesome war against the Tugars, Ptushko unleashes his imagination with inspired fantasy features.

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