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Cupid Skipped Town: ‘The Irony of Fate’

24 November 2012 4:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath

Written by Emil Braginskiy, Eldar Ryazanov

Directed by Eldar Ryazanov

Soviet Union, 1975

As the Holy Grail of Soviet cinema, The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath is responsible every year for religious gatherings of zealous Russians around television sets within a few hours of ringing in the New Year. For close to 40 years, Eldar Ryazanov’s most famous and celebrated film has enjoyed a cherished prestige comparable to that of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. With all of the spirited comedy, coy romance, and poetry typical of a Ryazanov film, The Irony of Fate explores the intrinsic desires and complications of everyday people in an extraordinary situation.

Bumbling Zhenya Lukashin (Andrei Magkov) will gladly tell you, a number of times, of his traditional trip to the banya with his friends on New Year’s Eve. No doubt he »

- Lital Khaikin

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