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Operation 'Y' & Other Shurik's Adventures (1965)
"Operatsiya 'Y' i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika" (original title)

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The movie consists of 3 short movies, each about Shurik - a nerdy student.. 1. "Naparnik" ("Partner"). Shurik has a fight in a bus with a bully named Fedya because Fedya didn't want to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandr Demyanenko ...
Aleksei Smirnov ...
Fedya (segment "Naparnik") / Doubting person at market (segment "Operatsiya 'Y")
Vladimir Basov ...
Policeman (segment "Naparnik")
Emmanuil Geller ...
Another man (segment "Naparnik")
Rina Zelyonaya ...
Shurik's neighbour in the bus (segment "Naparnik")
Viktor Uralskiy ...
Food-giver (segment "Naparnik")
Guseyn Akhundov ...
(segment "Naparnik") (as G. Akhundov)
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Construction director (segment "Naparnik")
Valentina Berezutskaya ...
(segment "Naparnik")
Natalya Seleznyova ...
Lida (segment "Navazhdeniye")
Svetlana Ageeva ...
(segment "Naparnik")
Vladimir Rautbart ...
(segment "Navazhdeniye")
Viktor Pavlov ...
Dub (segment "Navazhdeniye")
Valeriy Nosik ...
A student (segment "Navazhdeniye")
Georgiy Georgiu ...
(segment "Navazhdeniye")
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The movie consists of 3 short movies, each about Shurik - a nerdy student.. 1. "Naparnik" ("Partner"). Shurik has a fight in a bus with a bully named Fedya because Fedya didn't want to allow a pregnant woman to take his place. Fedya is punished by community work at a construction site, where Shurik also works part-time. Of course, Fedya wants revenge... 2. "Navazhdenie" ("Strange Impression"). It's final exam time. Shurik (like other students) is very busy trying to find material to study. Suddenly he notices necessary material in someone's hands. Shurik follows this person all over the city reading over the shoulder, not even noticing who this person is and where they are going. Next day, after having met a beautiful girl, Shurik constantly has an impression that he's already seen her, visited her apartment etc... 3. "Operatsiya Y" ("Operation Y"). A depository director, trying to cover up embezzlement on his depository, hires 3 crooks to simulate robbery. The plan is to get there at... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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The original script approved for production on 25 March 1964 had the student named Vladik (Vladislav) Arkov and contained only the first two episodes, later entitled "Companion" and "Obsession". In the first episode, Vladik would 're-educate' a gloomy and ignorant person and in the second, would prepare a loony teen named Ilyusha (Ilya), an only child, for entrance exams required to join an institute. The two episodes were not enough for a feature film. Leonid Gayday had the idea to have Vladik meet the trio of Booby, Coward and Experienced from Bootleggers (1962) and this became the third episode, "Operation "Y"". See more »

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You can find better, but perhaps not in Russian
11 November 2009 | by (the heartland) – See all my reviews

O.K., before I review this DVD (it's actually more than one "movie"), let me disclose a couple facts. First, apart from the unparalleled works of Eisenstein, I am not a huge fan of Russian Cinema. I find much of it ponderous, and overly bogged down in State approved propaganda.

Operation "Y" or Operatsiya Y i drugiye priklyucheniya Shurika (Operation Y and other Shurik's Adventures) as it's known in Russian, is the most popular Soviet Era comedy, possibly the most popular Russian comedy of all time. So, despite the double negative of Russian Slapstick, I had to give it a look.

It's hard to hate Shurik's adventures, but if you're not a slapstick fan, they're not really going to fully win you over either. Shurik is a young go-getter in the vein of Harold Lloyd's 'Glasses Guy' (Shurik is also bespectacled) and his Adventures fall somewhere between Charlie Chaplin and Benny Hill both chronologically (since it was released in 1965) and stylistically. While the vignettes aren't as charming as Chaplin, they are, mercifully, less annoying than Hill, and thankfully, the Soviet propaganda while undeniably present is set to a very low pitch. Not being a fan of the genre, I'll refrain from actually endorsing or cautioning about this film collection, but I will say, exhaust the Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd cannons (and perhaps the cartoons of Chuck Jones too) before moving on to these.


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