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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness. Written by
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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaricious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness.
Unnoticed on its release, "Happiness" became well-known in the 1960s among film scholars. It was especially championed by Chris Marker who included some excerpts from "Happiness" in his 1992 documentary "The Last Bolshevik". I wish it had been noticed sooner and was better known today.
Soviet film, at least in the early years, tends to be serious and quite political. Here it may be political, but it is anything but serious. There are some humorous moments mixed with some unusual camera tricks (watching food fly into the old man's mouth is a surreal experience).
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