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August 27, 2011

Koschei the Deathless

"Koschei cannot be killed by conventional means targeting his body. His soul is hidden separate from his body inside a needle, which is in an egg, which is in a duck, which is in a hare, which is in an iron chest (sometimes the chest is crystal and/or gold), which is buried under a green oak tree, which is on the island of Buyan, in the ocean. As long as his soul is safe, he cannot die."

"An early Soviet movie from 1944 directed by Alexander Rou and starring Georgiy Millyar as the undead skeletal rapist ogre of ancient Slavonic mythology."

Here it serves an analogy of the aggressor against Russia in the Second World War, still raging at the time this film was made. It is a call to the Russian people to rise up against the monster and drive it from their homeland.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 27, 2011 07:44 AM