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Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974)
"Neveroyatnye priklyucheniya italyantsev v Rossii" (original title)

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In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Andrey Mironov ...
Andrey Vasilyev
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Giuseppe
Antonia Santilli ...
Olga
Alighiero Noschese ...
Antonio Lo Mazzo
Tano Cimarosa ...
Rosario Agrò
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Lame italian
Olga Aroseva ...
Andrey Vasilyev's mother
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Gigi Ballista ...
Dottore (as Luigi Ballista)
Vadim Grachyov ...
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Zoya Isaeva ...
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Aleksandr Lukyanov ...
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Yuri Mikhajlov ...
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Ella Nekrasova ...
Bit part (as E. Nekrasova)
Boris Runge ...
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In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about it. Thus several people arrive in Leningrad trying to find the treasure, each one for himself/herself. What's worse - the only information they have is that the treasure is under a lion - and it's in Leningrad, a city known by its numerous statues of lions. The story gets even more interesting when the soviet militia (police) learns about the whole thing and send an undercover agent... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Producer Dino De Laurentiis was not committed to the film to such an extent that he tried to cut the living expenses of the large Russian crew while shooting on location in Italy. He also demanded that a very small number of takes should be shot to reduce lab bills. This resulted in a crew going on strike. He also vetoed casting of Italian big names stars such as Alberto Sordi Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinal and Sophia Loren. This decision backfired when the finished film was presented to Paramount for a possible distribution deal. Paramount bosses told De Laurentiis that the film could have been a great international success if well-known international stars had been cast. See more »

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Pretty good Soviet comedy
14 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good Soviet comedy co-produced by Soviets and some Italians (I don't remember exactly the name of the studio). Italians are portrayed as very active and jolly people, although more interested in pursuing material goals such as finding a hidden treasure in the advent of the Russian Revolution. They don't care about Communist ideals. The Russian character is the only positive character in the movie, a kind of Soviet James Bond. He finally conquers the main female character. Otherwise Soviet women are mostly absent from the movie. Clear signs of propaganda are two: 1) Italian hospitals are presented as being overcrowded so that at some point two patients (a man and a woman) have to share the same bed, 2) there is a lot of chaos in Italy and the Mafia stereotype is reinforced by a short Mafiosi.

Otherwise there aren't any references to the Soviet Communist party as far as I recall. Lots of special effects and stunts, so I suppose the Soviets spent a lot of money on the movie.


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