Pushkinsky / Pioner: Screen Expositions. Together with the exhibit, “Caravaggio and His Followers.” “Light Painting in Film: The Leningrad School.”
During a trip around Europe, Emperor Aleksandr I visited England where he was shown, among other curiosities, a tiny, dancing metal flea. He purchased it and brought it back to Petersburg. After the emperor’s death his successor, having seen the unusual article, decided to demonstrate to the English that the Russian people were no less clever, and could come up with a little something of their own...
A film adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s story by Sergey Ovcharov, perhaps the only Russian director capable of original work within the traditional genres of slapstick and farce, turning them into something surprising and bearing no resemblance to a classic sideshow.
The film will be shown in 35 mm print.
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