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The Little Shoes

The Night Before Christmas

1928, First Film Studio VUFKU (Odesa), 6 parts / 1,519 m

Scriptwriter:
 Leonid Hurevych
Cameraman:
 Borys Zaveliev
Cast:
 A. Symonov (the head), A. Kharytonov (Chub), Mykola Nademskyi (his friend, his daughter’s godfather), S. Vasiutynskyi (Tkach), O. Appak (Tkachykha), P. Tsykhomovych (blacksmith Vakula), Anna Horicheva (Solokha), H. Halyna (Oksana, Vakula’s fiancée), Dmytro Kapka (a devil), Volodymyr Lisovskyi (a deacon), Mariia Romani(o)vska (a tavern keeper), S. Ardt (Catherine II), I. Korrado, M. Shevelie(o)va (house serfs), A. Bielov (Patsiuk), Vasko Liudvynskyi (a boy)

The film is based on M. Gogol’s short novel Christmas Eve.

To justify the fantastic adventures of the blacksmith Vakula, the authors of the film “simplify” Gogol’s plot: Vakula, having drunk too much at Patsiuk’s place, falls asleep. And he sees this dream where the devil takes him to the palace of Catherine II in Saint-Petersburg; and there Vakula takes off the little shoes of the Russian empress to give them to his fiancée Oksana. And, really, drunk Vakula takes off the shoes while sleeping… but from Patsiuk. Later, when Vakula unwraps the package with the “royal slippers” in front of Oksana, he finds only Patsiuk’s dirty shoes there.

The film was released on 13 February 1928 in Kyiv and on 27 March 1928 in Moscow.

The film is lost.