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7 April 1935 (USA) See more »
A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Pyotr Zinovyev ... Khmyr - an ill-fated mujik
Yelena Yegorova ... Anna Khmyrova - the mujik's wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nikolai Cherkasov
Mikhail Gipsi ... Taras Platonovich
Viktor Kulakov
V. Lavrentyev
G. Mirgorian
Lidiya Nenasheva ... Nun
V. Uspensky

Directed by
Aleksandr Medvedkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Medvedkin 

Cinematography by
Gleb Troyanski  (as G. Troyansky)
Production Design by
Aleksei Utkin  (as Aleksandr Utkin)
Music Department
Georges Bernand .... piano: 1971 French sound version
Michel Fano .... percussions: 1971 French sound version
Nikolai Golovanov .... conductor: 1971 French sound version
Modest Mussorgsky .... music: 1971 French sound version (as Modeste Moussorgsky)
The U.S.S.R. Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra .... orchestra: 1971 French sound version (as Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio d'U.R.S.S.)

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  • SLON  French version

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Also Known As:
"Schaste" - Soviet Union (original title)
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95 min | West Germany:66 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Soviet Humor, 25 June 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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