A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrey Myagkov ...
 Zhenya
Barbara Brylska ...
 Nadya
Yuriy Yakovlev ...
Aleksandr Shirvindt ...
 Pavel, Zhenya's Friend
Georgiy Burkov ...
 Misha, Zhenya's Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liya Akhedzhakova ...
 Nadya's Friend
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ...
 Sasha
Lyubov Dobrzhanskaya ...
 Zhenya's Mother
Olga Naumenko ...
 Galya
Gotlib Roninson ...
 Zhenya's Neighbour at the Airport
Eldar Ryazanov ...
 Zhenya's Neighbour in the Plane
Lyubov Sokolova ...
 Nadya's Mother
Valentina Talyzina ...
 Nadya / ... (voice)
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Storyline

A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Occasionally too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of them (Sasha) has to go to Leningrad but another one (Zhenya) goes. Zhenya wakes up at Leningrad airport. Believing that he is still in Moscow he takes a taxi and goes home. The street name, building and even apartment number, the way an apartment complex looks the same and the key coincide completely - just typical Soviet-type 'economy' architecture. Imagine the surprise of Nadya when she enters her apartment and finds a man without trousers in her bed. What's more - Nadya's fiancé also finds him there... Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com> and sergiek

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31 December 1975 (Soviet Union)  »

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A sors fintora  »

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(2 parts) | (original release)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The director Eldar Ryazanov cast the Polish actress Barbara Brylska as Nadya. However, as she didn't speak Russian, her voice was dubbed by Valentina Talyzina. Talyzina appears in a small part as Nadya's friend along with Liya Akhedzhakova. See more »

Goofs

The service phone number on Nadya's elevator is 241-84-44 and has 7 digits. However, phone numbers in Leningrad had only 6 digits in 1975 (whereas Moscow numbers had 7), thus revealing that the shooting was actually done in Moscow instead of Leningrad. See more »

Quotes

[Zhenya has just come back from chasing Ippolit]
Zhenya: I tried to chase him down, but he drove away... He drives faster than I run.
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Connections

Spoofed in Starye pesni o glavnom 3 (1998) See more »

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U zerkala
Written by Mikael Tariverdiev and Marina Tsvetayeva
Performed by Alla Pugacheva
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An amazing and highly enjoyable movie
7 August 2002 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

This is a great film.

First of all it's a great story that combines elements of subtle satire, romance, and at times laugh-outloud comedy into a farcical love triangle.

Second is the great acting. Andrei Myagkov simply delivers a character who undergoes significant, yet somehow believable transformation from a shy, nerdy young doctor to a bold, at times arrogant, yet at the same time romantic man. A great comic performance by Yuri Yakovlev, as the jealous fiance of the heroine, alone makes the film worth watching, to the last moments.

The 3rd element is the music and poetry. The songs are an important part of narration, not just there for a backdrop. The song lyrics and the poetry are by some of the most prominent Russian poets of the Silver Age and are just plain beautiful. In short this an amazing film, one of those that can be watched over and over.

Finally, if you don't speak Russian, check this film on DVD(NTSC). I recently got it and was very impressed by the quality of translation offered by the subtitles, which provide translation of the songs as well as the dialogue.


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