The Adventures of Buratino (1976 film)

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The Adventures of Buratino
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The Adventures of Buratino
Приключения Буратино
Directed byLeonid Nechayev
Produced byBelarusfilm
Written byInna Vetkina
Story byAlexei Tolstoy
Based onThe Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino
StarringDmitri Iosifov
Nikolai Grinko
Yuri Katin-Yartsev
Tatyana Protsenko
Roman Stolkarts
Thomas Augustinas
Grigori Svetlorusov
Rina Zelyonaya
Vladimir Etush
Rolan Bykov
Elena Sanayeva
Vladimir Basov
Baadur Tsuladze
Valentin Bukin
Music byAlexey Rybnikov
CinematographyYuri Elkhov
Edited byVera Kolyadenko
Release date
Running time
132 minutes
LanguageRussian language

The Adventures of Buratino (Russian: Приключения Буратино, romanizedPriklyucheniya Buratino) is a Soviet children's musical film, made in 1975 at Belarusfilm.

Directed by Leonid Nechayev, the film was an adaptation of The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino by Alexey Tolstoy in turn an adaptation of Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Inna Vetkina wrote the screenplay for The Adventures of Buratino, as well as several other films directed by Nechayev.

The plot of the film follows Buratino (Italian for "puppet"), a boy made of wood, who meets the children of Karabas Barabas' theatre and sets out to free them. In order to do so, he needs to unravel the mystery of a golden key given by the turtle Tortila. Characters such as Harlequin and Pierrot, who act in the children's theatre are part of commedia dell'arte.

Music for the film was composed by Alexey Rybnikov and the lyricists included Bulat Okudzhava, and Yuri Entin. There was an early interest by the director Nechayev to work with Yuli Kim (then writing under the last name Mikhailov) as a songwriter. At that time, Yuli Kim was banned from television, so they turned to Okudzhava. Okudzhava wrote music as well as lyrics, though only the music of Rybnikov was used in the film. The songs that Okudzhava wrote were serious and philosophical, so Nechayev also incorporated lyrics by Yuri Entin and omitted some of Okudzhava's.[A][1]

Almost all of the children who acted in the film were from Minsk.[1] Dima Iosifov played Buratino. The adults in the cast were famous actors from the rest of the Soviet Union. Nikolai Grinko played Papa Carlo. Vladimir Etush played Karabas Barabas. Rina Zelyonaya played the turtle Tortila. Rolan Bykov played the cat Bazilio.[2]

A number of musical children's films followed, by the makers of The Adventures of Buratino, including About the Little Red Riding Hood (Ольга Береснева) in 1977.[3]


Dima Iosifov - Buratino, the protagonist and the story's version of Pinocchio.
Nikolai Grinko - Papa Carlo, the story's version of Geppetto.
Yuriy Katin-Yartsev - Dzhuzeppe-Sizy Nos, the story's version of Mastro Antonio
Vladimir Etush - Karabas-Barabas, the story's Stromboli character.
Rolan Bykov - Basilio the Cat, a version of the Cat.
Elena Sanaeva - Alice the Fox, a version of the Fox.
Rina Zelyonaya - Tortila, a wise, old turtle who helps Buratino.
Tatyana Protsenko - Malvina
Vladimir Basov - Duremar
Baadur Tsuladze - Eating-house owner
Roman Stolkarts - Piero
Thomas Augustinas - Artemon
Grigori Svetlorusov - Arlekin


  1. ^ a b Марта Лаховец. Буратино нашли на катке, а Мальвину - в поезде. Брестская газета. №26 (393) 25 июня - 1 июля 2010.
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database. Priklyucheniya Buratino Accessed 9 September 2010.
  3. ^ Звездные дети Леонида Нечаева Белорусское время.

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