In the 1956 Soviet movie Starik Khottabych (Old Khottabych, also Old Hottabych) a boy finds a special jug in the Moscow River and releases the ancient genie within, a story drawn from the tale of Aladdin. This powerful and kind genie is ready to fulfill all desires, but he doesn’t know anything about the reality of the twentieth century. The movie was released in 1957 in the US as The Flying Carpet.
Posters advertising Starik Khottabych were sent without text or title to countries to which the film was exported, so that the distributors in those countries could print them in their own languages and add their own titles. As a result, this movie has many different titles in different languages and countries. And even though it was distributed in the US under the title The Flying Carpet, it likely was distributed in another country (possibly Lebanon) under the English title Old Magician. It was distributed in Spanish under a similar title El Mago Jottabich, which translates as The Magician Jottabich.
The pictures of the boy and the genie in this poster match those of the actors in StarikKhottabych. The boy in this poster is the same age as the boy in the movie, has blonde hair and wears a white shirt and black shorts, as does the boy in the movie. And, the genie's beard, turban and kind face as shown in this poster are similar to the genie's in the movie.
This beautiful and very rare vintage movie poster carries a magic of its own, with its deep hues and vivid portrayal of that riveting moment when the genie, rising in a fog from the bottle, first appears to the boy. It makes a striking addition to any vintage movie condition.