Posted on: April 6, 2007
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This clip is from a 1987 short film directed by Eduard Nazarov and is based on a fairy tale written by Boris Stergin, a great storyteller whose works were not widely distributed in the former USSR because he had never joined the Communist Party. Like the wife of Mikhail Gorbachev, former Secretary General of the Soviet Union, the princess in the story is named Raissa. Only fragments of the film (those without the Princess Raissa) were broadcast by the State Television until Gorbachev was out of power.
This film can be watched in its entirety on the Masters Of Russian Animation DVD set - an extraordinary collection of Russia's most important animated short films by Russia's world renowned directors.