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Aleksandr Ptushko - Ruslan and Ludmila (Ruslan i Lyudmila)
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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General $14.00 ($16.33 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
NWFF Member $7.00 ($8.91 w/service fee)
Senior/Child/Student $10.00 ($12.09 w/service fee)
General $14.00 ($16.33 w/service fee)

Admission Level Price Quantity
NWFF Member $7.00 ($8.91 w/service fee)
Senior/Child/Student $10.00 ($12.09 w/service fee)
General $14.00 ($16.33 w/service fee)
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Aleksandr Ptushko - Ruslan and Ludmila (Ruslan i Lyudmila)
Fri Aug 02: 6.30pm
Sat Aug 03: 1.30pm
Sun Aug 04: 3.00pm

(Aleksandr Ptushko, Soviet Union, 1972, 150 min, in Russian with English subtitles)

The final film from Russian fantasy master Aleksandr Ptushko, Ruslan and Ludmila was a glorious and magical summation of his career: a two-and-a-half-hour greatest hits package filled with the sweeping lyricism, bejeweled visual effects and mythic storytelling that put him on par with Walt Disney, Ray Harryhausen and Mario Bava.

Based on an epic fairy tale written in 1820 by Alexander Pushkin (Ptushko had previously adapted Pushkins The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and half-jokingly said they were related), the film opens with the seemingly joyous marriage of bogatyr (warrior) Ruslan to Ludmila, the daughter of Prince Vladimir. (Like his earlier Ilya Muromets, the action of the film is set during the legendary era of the Kievan Rus culture that predates both modern Ukraine and Russia.)

On their wedding night, Ludmila is spirited away by the long-bearded wizard Chernomor, and taken to his sinister palace where shes held prisoner. On their epic quest to rescue her, Ruslan and his three rivals encounter some of Ptushkos most unforgettable imagery: a giants monstrous, decapitated head slumbering on an open plain, magic rings and stone warriors, sorcery and sacrifice, all in the hope of reuniting lost lovers.

Newly restored by Mosfilm for release by Deaf Crocodile and Seagull Films. Synopsis and stills courtesy of Deaf Crocodile.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at suji@nwfilmforum.org

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