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A film-in-film story set in a provincial town in Russia. Pasha (Churikova) is an amateur actress who plays a witch at a local club, but her dream is to play Joan of Arc. In a strike of luck... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Inna Churikova ...
Pasha Stroganova / Joan of Arc
Valentina Telichkina ...
Valya (as V. Telichkina)
Tatyana Stepanova ...
Katya (as T. Stepanova)
Leonid Kuravlyov ...
Arkadi (as L. Kuravlyov)
Mikhail Kononov ...
Pavlik (as M. Kononov)
Nina Skomorokhova ...
Zina (as N. Skomorokhova)
Tatyana Bedova ...
Toma (as T. Bedova)
Yuri Klepikov ...
Director (as Yu. Klepikov)
Gennadi Beglov ...
Odinokov (as G. Beglov)
Yuri Vizbor ...
Stepan Ivanovich (as Yu. Vizbor)
Vyacheslav Vasilyev ...
Stepan Vitalyevich (as V. Vasilyev)
Yevgeni Lebedev ...
Cauchon (as Ye. Lebedev)
Vsevolod Sobolev ...
Massieu (as V. Sobolev)
Gerasim Zhukovsky ...
Boriska (as Gera Zhukovsky)
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A film-in-film story set in a provincial town in Russia. Pasha (Churikova) is an amateur actress who plays a witch at a local club, but her dream is to play Joan of Arc. In a strike of luck she is cast as Joan of Arc in a big screen film. Now she is torn between her luck and her love to Arkadi (Kuravlev) who is a married man. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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12 October 1970 (Soviet Union)  »

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Mother Russia also had an opinion on things concerning women. Through its men.
21 October 2012 | by (Bucharest, Romania) – See all my reviews

If there is something in Russia that spread fast throughout the Empire besides vodka, is the amusing hysteria of women. After a small wave of feminism in the 60s, the 70s started up with a more attentive eye on regressive womanhood. Explaining it through historical female figures might come out as Russian expressionism. But, for a more amusing way of avoiding censorship and stirring up the interest of the Comrades in delicate subjects of woman role in modern society, you could just build it as a comedy, concerned socially about the lifestyle of young communists, living the dream with a steady job in factories or institutes in the blooming system. The Slavic female drama of inception and proper direction of the live trauma becomes a natural induced syndrome, either wearing a headscarf, medium length dresses or male clothes with high boots. Artistic, yet very consumable.


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