It so happened that the most interesting films for children were shot during the Soviet era, in particular, in the 70s and 80s of the twentieth century. Much more attention was paid to children's cinema then than it is now, and the attitude of both the filmmakers and their young viewers was lighter and more simple-minded. And in these films wonderful melodies sounded, created by the best composers who wrote for cinema.
A special world of a children's fairy tale was created by the Belarusian director Leonid Nechaev. The classic fairy-tale plots in his reading turned out to be extremely fascinating and sounded so modern that to this day they enjoy great love not only for children, but also for adults. In the wonderful film "The Adventures of Pinocchio", which has become, perhaps, the best adaptation of the tale of Alexei Tolstoy, even at times eerie and not at all funny episodes from the life of a wooden boy are perceived easily and optimistically. And the ominous Karabas Barabas (Vladimir Etush) and Duremar (Vladimir Basov) do not look scary at all. The reasons for this should be sought in the director's bright eyes, the brilliant play of adults and young actors, and in the wonderful music of Alexei Rybnikov. The real discovery of the film was the nine-year-old Dima Iosifov. An unusually organic Belarusian schoolchild managed to become a real Buratino - mischievous, cheerful and endlessly charming.
Nechaev's next film, About Little Red Riding Hood, also became a true masterpiece of children's cinema. Although the script by Inna Vetkina is based on the classic tale of Charles Perrault, it is in fact a continuation of the old story. Little Red Riding Hood is cheerful and brave here, grandmother is cheerful and energetic, wolves are not so scary, but the hunter, unfortunately, turns out to be a coward. Surprisingly, the sequel turned out to be much more interesting, multifaceted and wittier than the famous fairy tale. And again, as in "Buratino", the audience is delighted with the wonderful songs of Alexei Rybnikov and the brilliant performance of great actors - Vladimir Basov, Nikolai Trofimov, Galina Volchek, Evgeny Evstigneev, Rolan Bykov and Rina Zelena. The choice of ten-year-old Yana Poplavskaya for the role of Little Red Riding Hood was as lucky as the choice of Dima Iosifov for the role of Buratino. By the way, almost unrecognizable here, Dima Iosifov played the role of the ruffy and mistrustful, but smart and kind Wolf.
Filmed 12 years after Little Red Riding Hood, Leonid Nechaev's film Don't Leave! quickly left the television screens and was almost forgotten for a long time. Meanwhile, this is a very beautiful and sad fairy tale intended for teenagers and young people. The performer of the main role - Prince Patrick - Igor Krasavin, after the premiere of the film, became the idol of millions of high school girls across the country. The composer Evgeny Krylatov and the poet Leonid Derbenev created wonderful romantic songs for the film.
Films about the amazing adventures of modern schoolchildren were no less fascinating than these and other wonderful fairy tales. The dilogy of Vladimir Alenikov "The Adventures of Petrov and Vasechkin, ordinary and incredible" and "Vacations of Petrov and Vasechkin, ordinary and incredible" gained wide popularity. Funny and witty musical comedies about the adventures of two friends - the lively, inventive Petya Vasechkin and the modest, reasonable Vasya Petrov and their "beautiful lady" Masha Startseva to this day arouse interest and cheer up both children and their parents.
For older children, "The Adventures of Electronics" by Konstantin Bromberg is addressed. The three-part television film based on the fantastic stories of Evgeny Veltistov has incorporated elements of a detective story, an adventure film, science fiction, comedy and family cinema. Despite the outward lightness and entertainment, the film "The Adventures of Electronics" raises a serious question: "What qualities do you need to possess to become a real Human?"
And, of course, speaking about the most interesting films for children, one cannot but recall the wonderful fairy-tale films created by Czechoslovak filmmakers. In the Soviet Union, they enjoyed no less popularity than in their homeland. One of the most beloved fairy tales of children of all ages is the magnificent film by Václav Vorlichk “Three Nuts for Cinderella”. This is a completely original version of the famous plot, where the mischievous and energetic Cinderella does not wait for the appearance of a good fairy, but she herself (with the help of three magic nuts) decides her fate. The leading actress Libushe Shafrankova, who later starred in many other fairy-tale films, became perhaps the most charming princess of the world screen.