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The Cigarette Girl from Moscow (1924)

Papirosnitsa ot Mosselproma (original title)
As she works in her tedious office job, Maria Ivanovna dreams about being married, and she has particular hopes that her co-worker Nikodim Mityushin will take an interest in her. Nikodim, ... See full summary »

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Yuliya Solntseva ...
Zina Vesenina, cigarette girl
Igor Ilyinsky ...
Nikodim Mityushin, bookkeeper
Anna Dmokhovskaya ...
Maria Ivanovna (as A. Dmokhovskaya)
Nikolai Tsereteli ...
Latugin, cameraman (as N. Tsereteli)
Leonid Baratov ...
Barsov-Aragonsky, film director (as L. Baratov)
M. Tsybulsky ...
Oliver Mac-Bride, American
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As she works in her tedious office job, Maria Ivanovna dreams about being married, and she has particular hopes that her co-worker Nikodim Mityushin will take an interest in her. Nikodim, though, is in love with Zina, who sells cigarettes on the sidewalk, and he frequently buys cigarettes from her even though he does not smoke. One day, a film crew uses Zina as an extra in an outdoor scene, and the cameraman, Latugin, falls in love with her. Latugin soon arranges an acting job for Zina. To complicate matters further, Zina has yet another admirer in Oliver MacBride, an American businessman who is visiting Moscow. Written by Snow Leopard

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2 December 1924 (Soviet Union)  »

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early Soviet comedy
8 June 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For the first few years after the Bolsheviks came to power, Soviet cinema was mainly socialist realism. They took a bit of a different spin with Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky's "Papirosnitsa ot Mosselproma" ("The Cigarette Girl from Mosselprom" in English). This light comedy centers on the relationships between a couple of people in Moscow.

I had hoped to see the Russian intertitles, but the version that I watched only had English ones. No matter, it was still a fun movie. Sometimes I wonder what it would've looked like had the Soviet Union made horror movies or over-the-top slapstick comedies. Hell, I would've liked to see a Soviet mix of live-action and animation (like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit").


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