Finest, the brave Falcon (Russian: Финист - Ясный сокол, translit. Finist – Yasnyy sokol) is a Soviet 1976 Slavic fantasy adventure film directed by Gennadi Vasilyev based on a screenplay by Lev Potyomkin and poems by Mikhail Nozhkin.
The film was loosely based on the fairy-tale with the same name by I. Shestakov and was dedicated to the memory of fairy-tale film director Aleksander Rou.
Once upon a time there lived a brave and kind hero named Finist the Bright Falcon. He was famous for his strength, courage and a heart of gold. But one day the Russian land was attacked by an evil enemy, Kartaus, who turned our hero into a forest monster. This spell was cast on a condition that Finist might become a man again, should a beautiful girl, Alyonushka, fall in love with him while he was a beast.
Finest, the brave Falcon (1976) movie
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Musical, Romance, Family
Production company: Gorky Film Studio
Director - Gennadiy Vasilev
Screenwriter - Lev Potyomkin, Aleksandr Rou
Music by Vladimir Shainskiy
Cinematography by Yuri Malinovsky, Vladimir Okunev
Vyacheslav Voskresensky as Finist
Svetlana Orlova as Alyonushka
Mikhail Kononov as Yashka
Mikhail Pugovkin as Voyevoda
Lyudmila Khityayeva as Anfisa
Georgi Vitsin as Agafon
Mariya Barabanova as Nenila
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova as Veselushka
Anna Stroganova as Veselushka
Aleksei Smirnov as Bath-attendant
Mark Pertsovsky as Kartaus
Georgi Millyar as Kastryuk
Lev Potyomkin as Fingal