February92012

The Little Mermaid (Rusalochka). Director Vladimir Bychkov. 1976

The film is dedicated to the memory of the great Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and is based upon one of his best fairy tales. A little Mermaid fell in love with a Prince whom she once had saved during a storm. For the sake of her love she sacrificed many things: she fearlessly left her home, striking a deal with an evil sorceress. Using all kinds of magical incantations in exchange for the Mermaid’s beautiful voice, the witch had replaced the fish tail by human legs, making it possible for the Mermaid to walk and live on earth. The Little Mermaid had gone through all these trials only to be near her beloved. But the Prince, not realizing how lucky he is, loses her forever.

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