The Snow Queen, certainly, is not the Russian tale, however it has become the essential part of the Soviet New Year entertaining program. Restrictions & the religion prohibition in the USSR caused a peculiar cultural phenomenon: the main creative power was moved towards New Year celebrations, which considered to be the most important for any Soviet person. Even a proverb: “The New Year will follow the way you celebrate it” shows its profound sense. When I re-watch old programs, movies I’m surprised to discover plenty of Christian messages well-wrapped & hidden behind the Soviet censorship. So, I would like to dedicate the Holiday season & the last month of the Lunar year to our New Year culture for you to know more about its gems.
I’m not good at the international cinema, but I suppose that there are plenty of movies made on the plot of “The Snow Queen”. As for me I’m fond of the Snow Queen character & don’t consider her evil at all. That’s Andersen who dared to be an ignorant & imprudent man to mix his own love-affair problems with writing. (Dear Writers, who are reading this post, please, never do it! Your Snow Queens might become offended & ruin your writing career). The Soviet cinema has made two versions of “The Snow Queen”: a classic one based on the tale & a post-modern version I’m going to tell you about.
The movie is called “The Secret of the Snow Queen”. The plot so far: The Voice of the Tale (supposed to be Andersen himself) is inventing a new story about the Snow Queen, but everything goes wrong since the beginning. He visits the Queen in person & is surprised to learn that she has opened the Ice-hearted school where she teaches plants & humans to be indifferent. The Voice of the Tale reminds her of Kai, so the Queen begins planning to kidnap him to become a student of her school. Meanwhile Gerda & Kai, who are teenagers now, realize that the childhood has passed. They are afraid of the future, to become adults. They remember the Snow Queen… and here we go again! A whirl of snowflake ballet kidnaps Kai & Gerda is forced to go to search him. She meets plenty of odd creatures on her way, both good & evil, obsessed with their own manias. Finally she arrives to the Queen’s palace & unfortunately (for me & those who like the Queen) melts it with her feelings. At the end of the tale Kai & Gerda realize that they have a sort of attraction to each other.
Here I should mark the Snow Queen’s character, represented not as an evil witch, but as a pretty intelligent woman, bored of her loneliness. Even her songs where she sings “that she would like to have at least a day in a week to live like other humans do” make you feel pity & affection to her icy life. The movie is full of music, dances & very intelligent songs with double sense, as always the Soviet cinema does. Let’s hope that the international version will appear sooner or later for the entire world might learn “The Secret of the Snow Queen”.
PS: I attach The Queen’s song as a little bonus.