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[[Feature~V180152~The Magic Voyage of Sinbad~themagicvoyageofsinbad]] is the American release title for Sadko, an outsized 1952 Russian fantasy film. Based on the [[Performer~P108307~Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov~nikolairimskykorsakov]] opera of the same name, the film details the efforts of seafaring Sadko ([[Performer~P68433~Sergei Stolyarov~sergeistolyarov]]) to rescue the citizens of Covason from their despotic rulers. To do this, he must seek and capture the fabled Bluebird of Happiness (aka The Phoenix). The most fanciful sequence takes place in the undersea domain of King Neptune, which though elaborately staged looks a bit like a special exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Though the film is not a musical, the strains of [[Performer~P108307~Rimsky-Korsakov~nikolairimskykorsakov]] are heard throughout, sometimes taken from sources other than Sadko. [[Performer~P107187~Alexander Ptushko~alexanderptushko]] is credited with the direction on Sadko, though [[Performer~P98622~James Landis~jameslandis]] is cited in some sources as director; in fact, [[Performer~P98622~Landis~jameslandis]] oversaw the recutting and redubbing of the American version, which was distributed in 1962. The scripter for the revamped [[Feature~V180152~Magic Voyage of Sinbad~themagicvoyageofsinbad]] was [[Performer~P85868~Francis Ford Coppola~francisfordcoppola]], but you'd never know it. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Alla Larionova
as Luberia
Anastasia Vertinskaya
as The Phoenix
Ivan Pereverzev
as Abdalla
Nikolai Kryuchkov
as Old Merchant
Mikhail Astangov
as Prince Lal Bahari Day

Crew

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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