Dir. Alexander Dovzhenko (1928).
The great Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko’s breakthrough came with this comic political folk tale—a Gogolian allegory of Ukrainian history, at once modernist and ethnofunky.
The allure is probably a freedom that was afforded kids and adolescents that I don’t think is afforded them now. If you imagine this story in the current day, Alana would be running down the street with a phone shoved in her back pocket.