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Spring (1947)

Vesna (original title)
A drab woman scientist, working on machine to harness solar energy, and a pert concert singer look-alike being courted to play her in a movie swap identities and find personal growth, professional success, love, and happiness.

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Prof. Irina Petrovna Nikitina / Vera Giorgieva Shatrova
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Arkadi Mikhailovich Gromov
Nikolai Konovalov ...
Uncle Lionia Mukhin
Faina Ranevskaya ...
Margarita Lvovich, housekeeper
Rostislav Plyatt ...
Vladimir Ivanovich Bubentsov
Boris Petker ...
Akeki Abramovich, theater director
Mikhail Sidorkin ...
Nikolai Semyenovich Roshchin
Rina Zelyonaya ...
Gabby Film Makeup Designer
Tatyana Guretskaya ...
Tatyana Ivanovna
Vasiliy Zaychikov ...
Prof. Ivan Nikolayevich Melnikov (as Vasili Zajchikov)
Arkadi Tsinman
Valentina Telegina
Mikhail Troyanovsky
Georgiy Yumatov
Garen Zhukovskaya
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A drab woman scientist, working on machine to harness solar energy, and a pert concert singer look-alike being courted to play her in a movie swap identities and find personal growth, professional success, love, and happiness.

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The film was shot utilizing the camera equipment, various sets, costumes, and props confiscated by the Soviet Red Army from the Nazi controlled UFA Studios. Many of the lavish theatrical set pieces and costumes came from Die Frau meiner Träume (1944), starring Marika Rökk. See more »

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When Arkadi Gromov first meets both characters of Lubov Orlova - Prof.Irina Nikitina and Vera Shatrova, Irina wears a necklace and is stood on the left side of Gromov. But in the next close-up shots, character of Lubov Orlova with a necklace is standing to the left as Vera Shatrova should have. See more »

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Little known, intelligent Soviet comedy
19 July 2015 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

This little known Soviet comedy from 1947, directed by Grigori Alexandrov, has a very interesting idea. Lyubov Orlova (one of the great Soviet female stars in the 1930s and 1940s) plays two roles here: she is a nationally celebrated but humorless scientist studying the use of solar power, and she is also a perky upcoming actress. A director (played by Nikolai Cherkassov, who played Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible in Sergei Eisenstein's films) wants to make a movie about the scientist's life. She initially refuses all help to the filmmakers so the director puts an ad in a newspaper to find a look alike actress to play the scientist. Eventually, the actress and the scientist get to meet (obviously their scenes together were made with split screens and other tricks). As they will get to know each other, and even switch roles, the actress will gain self confidence in herself, and the scientist will get to embrace her femininity and even find a place for love in her life.

The movie loses some momentum towards the end, but is a very fresh film, and it looks very modern considering is nearly 70 years old. Some aspects of the movie seem questionable, though. For example, was Moscow, just two years after the end of World War II, as prosperous a city as this film shows? Probably not. And from this movie, one could be forgiven to think that Stalinist Russia was a very fun place and era to live.


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