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  1. Старик Хоттабыч -
    Old Man Hottabych - Author L. Lagin

    Once there was a boy, who found a bottle. Of course it was a magical bottle with an imprisoned genie. The genie was very old and very set in his ways - but a genie non the less. Since all of this happened in Socialist Russia of mid 20th century to ensuing consequences were ... well.. silly at most.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Khottabych


    There were two major versions of the novel - the original was published in 1938, and a revised version followed in 1955. This later version was the basis of the 1956 film.

    In 2006, a modern film remake was made. It was called Khottabych. This remake has little in common with the first film, except for the central plot point of finding a genie in a clay vessel, and the central theme of how times have changed, as is emphasized by this very lack of commonality (as well as various anachronism-based humor, like wished-for hundred dollar bills appearing printed on ancient papyrus, a makeover that puts the venerable djinn inside a flashy tracksuit, or the so-old-it's-hip-again luxury Soviet vehicle driven by the protagonists).


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