Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life, death & love. When the older men fly into battle, ... See full summary »
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in his country house, Dr James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for help to save Sir Henry Baskerville, the only known heir, from the curse that haunts Baskerville family.
In this comic but dated story, nerdy Shurik travels to the Caucasus in search of native legends and folklore. But what he finds is a beautiful girl whom, due to intoxication and deceit of ... See full summary »
A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of ... See full summary »
The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the... See full summary »
After WWII is over, a young officer Volodya Sharapov returns to Moscow to work in MUR - Moskovskiy Ugolovny Rozysk (Moscow Criminal Police). There he meets Gleb Zheglov who is a chief of a ... See full summary »
A philosophical and poetic portrait of the famous (or maybe infamous?) Baron Munchhausen. His crazy, yet very merriment, stories, views and behavior is what sets him apart from others. He ... See full summary »
Anatoli Yefremovich Novoseltsev works in a statistics institution, whose director is an unattractive and bossy woman. An old friend of his, Yuri Grigorievich Samokhvalov, who gets appointed... See full summary »
Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is... See full summary »
A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once ... See full summary »
Meet Ostap Bender. Meet Sergei Yursky - the greatest Bender of all.
Sergei Yursky is without any doubt the best Ostap Bender ever. Archil Gomiashvilly though was really good (best Bender in the 12 Stulyev films) Sergei is still the best. Bo one else portrayed Bender as he did. Perefect acting.
It is strange that Zolotoi Telenok (a sequel) was made earlier than 12 Stulyev. Though there are some moments which might be boring and too long the film, which is almost 3 hours long is really easy to watch. It is so light and funny and at the same time depicts all problems of socialism. It is a satire actually. I still can not understand how the book got released and the film got made in USSR when free speech was.... well nonexistent.
Perfect example of how it is easy to achieve greatness without a lot of resources, money I mean.
Though Kuravlev in his early years is worse than his later works (eg Afonya) he is still a great actor, and the rest of the cast is unforgettable. (I talked about Yurski in the beginning).
There is a remake coming soon with Menshikov as Ostap, though he is a good actor he can no way be better than Yurski. I will watch the remake but I doubt it will become a classic as this one.
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