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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)
"Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Aleksandr Demyanenko ...
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Feofan
Natalya Seleznyova ...
Natalya Krachkovskaya ...
Ulyana Andreyevna (as Natalya Belogortseva-Krachkovskaya)
Natalya Kustinskaya ...
Yakin's Lover
Vladimir Etush ...
Anton Semyonovich Shpak
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Sergey Filippov ...
Swedish Ambassador
Eduard Bredun ...
Trader of Radio Components (as E. Bredun)
Aleksandr Vigdorov ...
Strelets (as A. Vigdorov)
Valentin Grachyov ...
Strelets (as V. Grachyov)
Natalya Gurzo ...
Nurse (as N. Gurzo)
Ivan Zhevago ...
Doctor (as I. Zhevago)
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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 <dmitry@pharm.sunysb.edu>

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Trivia

Miloslavski's quote "Gentlemen, keep your money in your bank, if you have any" is a pun to the commercial slogan of the soviet bank "Bank of the working, saving and loaning people of the USSR", also know as the "Savingbank of the USSR". See more »

Goofs

The song "To ne silnaya tucha zatuchilas'" which was sang by the big dinner party was written in 1572, one year after the setting in Ivan the Terrible's period and was dedicated to the destroying of Krim from 30.07-02.08.1572. See more »

Quotes

Karp Savelyevich Yakin, film director: And who's playing Tsar Boris?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] What Tsar Boris? Boriska?
Karp Savelyevich Yakin, film director: What is it?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] Boriska is to become a tsar?
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The opening credits say: The "experimental artist union" presents: a non-science-, fictitious, a not quite realistic and a not accurate historical movie See more »

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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Kap-kap-kap
(or "Marusya")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by a men chorus
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can you dislike Gaidai?
18 March 2006 | by (Florida, United States) – See all my reviews

I own two copies of this film, one purchased in Russia (no subtitles), and one I've acquired recently to show it to my wife with subtitles. She wasn't very excited about Russian cinema, she isn't a film person and hates to read subtitles, but this time she gave in.

As many reviewers mentioned before, majority of the humor relies on the verbal misunderstandings between the characters from different time eras, that of 1500's and that of 1970's.

I've paused the film no less than a dozen times to explain such details as the meaning of world "liapota," it being the ancient word for the modern equivalent of "beauty," and to explain Visotskii's (a Russian singer whom Ivan the Terrible listens) lyrics. Also, there are many little social comments that those who haven't lived in, visited, or studied Soviet Union wouldn't understand completely i.e. the obvious ridicule of the "social reports" and the black market commentary.

Nevertheless, she liked it, and I was dumbfounded.

This film is popular and remembered because of its many layers. You may enjoy it simply as slapstick, someone else can view it for the language, while yet others can view it as a social commentary. It adds up if you know the Russian language and history, but even if you don't you will still find it funny and charming because there is always something to take away.


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