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Romance with a Double Bass (1974)

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A bassist shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess, and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same, unbeknownst to the bass player, ... See full summary »

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Musician Smychkov
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Princess Costanza
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Count Alexei
Desmond Jones ...
Musician Razmakhaikin
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Maestro Lakeyich
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Leader of the Orchestra
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Musician Zhuchkov
Dennis Ramsden ...
Prince Bibulov
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Thief
Kathie O'Donoghue ...
Princess's maid
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Prince Bibulov's wife
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A bassist shows up early for the betrothal ball of a beautiful princess, and whiles away the time having a dip in the river. The princess is doing the same, unbeknownst to the bass player, but when someone steals their clothes, the bass player helps the princess to preserve her dignity by transporting her back to the castle in his bass case, and along the way they discover they have feelings for each other. Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Musician Smychkov: I'm an artist, sir, not a fish monger!
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It's a funny, musical, nudie, political satire
9 January 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this (short) film. I first caught it late one night and luckily recorded it (mentioned John Cleese so I thought 'why not?'). It bears very little relation to the Monty Python style of humor.

It's a tale of a double bass player (John) commisioned to play at the engagement of a princess (Connie) and some count she's never met. John is early so is rather rudely told to go away until the scheduled time. Connie is bored with her life and just wants to fish. John ends up having a swim in the river and Connie sneaks away from a dress fitting to fish (co-incidentally nearby). Connie's float gets caught and she strips (don't want to get the dress wet or dirty) so she can retreive it. A peasant pinches her clothes and runs away (pinching John's as well on the way).

The naked pair meet and have to get back to the castle (and dressed) without being caught.

The rest is classic and I won't spoil it any more except to say; if you love classical music or comedy or political satire or John Cleese (or naked women or John's bottom), then you will love this movie.


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