Fire, Water, and Brass Pipes

Fire, Water, and Trumpets (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.

Fire, Water, and Trumpets
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Directed byAleksandr Rou
Written byNikolai Erdman
Mikhail Volpin
StarringNatalya Sedykh
Aleksei Katyshev
Georgy Millyar
Vera Altayskaya
Alexander Khvylya
Mikhail Pugovkin
Music byNikolai Budashkin
CinematographyDmitri Surensky
Release date
Running time
81 min
CountrySoviet Union


There exists a Russian idiom, "to go through fire, water and trumpets" (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 "trumpets", that is, to resist the temptation of fame and flattery.[3]



  1. ^ ГРАМОТА.РУ – справочно-информационный интернет-портал "Русский язык" | Библиотека | Журналы | Русская речь (in Russian). 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2013-09-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Огонь, вода и медные трубы (Советский Экран)". Retrieved 2013-09-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Онлайн энциклопедия Кирилла и Мефодия

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