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Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973. Written by
Dmitry Zharkov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The painting Ivan the Terrible is looking at in Shurik's flat is the painting "Ivan the Terrible killing his son" by Ilya Repin from 1885, describing an event that happened "on Friday, 16 November 1581". Ivan Ivanovich of Russia, Ivan the Terrible's son died actually on 19th November 1581. See more »
When Ivan the Terrible is naming his "year of birth", he is using the formulation "after Christ's birth". This kind of formulation was introduced in the Russian Empire only in 1700 by Peter the Great. See more »
An adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's story based on a grotesque collision of different historical periods. Some visual humor involved. A couple of awkward chases and a lot of awesome jokes. One of the best Russian comedies, second to none except 'Brilliantovaya ruka' by the same film director.
It is interesting that the film spans not only the time of Ivan the Terrible and the 70's but also the 20's when Bulgakov's original was written. Although the influence of the 20's is mainly atmospheric, it is nevertheless visible in the fact that most of the character's names sound funny in the way usual for the satirical literature of that period.
Contrary to what may seem to a foreign audience, the chase sequences in the movie serve only as a rather ineffectual background for the main comical action, which is almost entirely verbal and basically relies on the combination of contemporary language with its archaic counterpart of the 16th century - a detonating mixture that is guaranteed to kill the native-speaking audience.
Considering the fact that the movie is featuring some of the most popular Soviet actors, it is not surprising that this low-budget and obviously slap-dash production has managed to gain the nationwide reputation of a classic, with most of its memorable quotes nearly approaching the status of catch-phrases.
The film can be tentatively recommended to advanced learners of Russian and certainly to all those who specialize in the study of this language.
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