Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes

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Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes
Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes.jpg
Directed by Aleksandr Rou
Written by Nikolai Erdman
Mikhail Volpin
Starring Natalya Sedykh
Aleksei Katyshev
Georgy Millyar
Vera Altayskaya
Alexander Khvylya
Mikhail Pugovkin
Music by Nikolai Budashkin
Cinematography Dmitri Surensky
Release date
Running time
81 min
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes (Russian: Огонь, вода и… медные трубы, Ogon', voda i... mednye truby) is a 1968 Soviet fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Rou. Its story and characters are derived from Slavic folklore.


There exists a Russian idiom, "to go through fire, water and brass pipes" (пройти огонь, воду и медные трубы) meaning approximately "to go to hell and back"; in other words, to persevere in the face of extreme adversity.[1]

The young collier Vasya goes into the forest to collect firewood. In a clearing he spies the lovely Alyonushka grazing her goat Byelochka. As soon as he has fallen in love with the girl, werewolves appear and kidnap her to deliver to the wicked Koshchei. To rescue his beloved, Vasya must go through a literal version of the titular proverb:[2] first he must pass through the kingdoms of fire and water, then contend with the more challenging "brass pipes", that is, to resist the temptation of fame and flattery.[3]



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