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The Golden Calf (1968)
"Zolotoy telyonok" (original title)

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A crook named Ostap Bender, who survived a murder attempt by Kisa Vorobyaninov in "12 Chairs," now schemes to extort 1 million from an underground millionaire.

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A crook named Ostap Bender, who survived a murder attempt by Kisa Vorobyaninov in "12 Chairs," now schemes to extort 1 million from an underground millionaire. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Meet Ostap Bender. Meet Sergei Yursky - the greatest Bender of all.
31 January 2005 | by (Russia.) – See all my reviews

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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