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Descended from Heaven
March - 01 1965

Descended from Heaven

The late Pericles gets permission from God to return to earth and help his family, who has gone astray after his death. Invisible to all but present everywhere, he is able to eavesdrop on what's going on: his youngest daughter lives it up with some Teddy boys, his eldest do not intend to marry her fiancé, his son has become a crook, and his wife a gambler.


The Descent of the White Leopard
December - 01 1984

The Descent of the White Leopard

The Russian Descendant of the Snow Leopard is based on a famous Kirghizian folktale. Apparently the Kirghizian folks had plenty of time to tell this story: to print a full synopsis would result in a novelette. Essentially, the story involves a proud group of highland hunters called the Snow Leopards, who in order to survive a brutal winter must request help from the Lowland people. The price for this assistance is the hand of the Snow Leopard's daughter, who is promised in marriage to a wealthy Lowland trader. During the Springtime wedding celebration, the trader becomes fascinated by a stranger who wins all the athletic contests. This "male" contestant turns out to be a woman, who has arrived to seek freedom for her imprisoned husband. The subsequent romance between the trader and the beautiful stranger results in disaster and bloodshed for both the Snow Leopards and the Lowlanders.