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The Garage (1980)

Garazh (original title)
The members of a Soviet cooperative have pooled their money to have a badly needed parking garage built. But it turns out that the garage will have four fewer spaces than planned. In brutal... See full summary »

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Liya Akhedzhakova ...
Malayeva
Iya Savvina ...
Anikeyeva
Svetlana Nemolyaeva ...
Guskov's Wife
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Sidorin
Georgiy Burkov ...
Vitaly Fetisov
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ...
Karpukhin
Andrey Myagkov ...
Khvostov
Leonid Markov ...
Smirnovsky
Igor Kostolevskiy ...
Miloserdov's Son
Olga Ostroumova ...
Marina
Anastasiya Voznesenskaya ...
Kushakova
Gleb Strizhenov ...
Yakubov
Borislav Brondukov ...
The Groom
Semyon Farada ...
Trombon player
Natalya Gurzo ...
Natasha
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The members of a Soviet cooperative have pooled their money to have a badly needed parking garage built. But it turns out that the garage will have four fewer spaces than planned. In brutal Soviet style, the four least-well connected members are evicted from the cooperative in a mock vote, losing their entire investment. But one member, Malayeva, does the unthinkable. As if taking on the entire corrupt Soviet system, she quixotically locks down the meeting room and throws away the key. Chaos reigns through the night until the privileged are forced to negotiate for the first time in their lives. A madcap, rollicking, biting satire that Brezhnev banned. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>, edited by Dean Meservy

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10 March 1980 (Soviet Union)  »

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Miloserdov's Son: When this nonsense is over, how about we go to my place for breakfast?
Marina: I've never been invited to breakfast before. Usually, men suggest dinner.
Miloserdov's Son: I am an innovator.
Marina: I realize I look like the kind of woman who can be seduced over dinner, lunch, or even breakfast.
Miloserdov's Son: Next you are going to say you are not like that.
Marina: No, I won't say that. But I won't have breakfast with you, either. My breakfasting days are over.
Miloserdov's Son: It's a little early for that, no?
Marina: My recent husband has forever made me lose my appetite.
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One of my all time favorites!
30 January 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best by Riazanov. It's not appreciated as much as "Ironia Sudby", because of its strong satire, I believe many people from former Soviet Union can easily recognize themselves on either side of that usual conflict of interests. And as usual one side has an ultimate advantage, thus gets furiously attacked by other trying to level the disposition. Once being the theater show, the movie preserves the theatrical spirit, the scenes are long and the pace is moderate. Starring actors are usual for Riazanov's cast, all his favorites in: Oleg Miagkov, Lia Ahedzhakova, Gerogy Burkov are performing exceptionally well. As mentioned by previous reviewer, the subject is acceptable for any person familiar with corporate culture and the script is full of hilarious lines, soviet jokes of 70's, and even romance. Highly Recommended!


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