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Autumn Marathon (1979)
"Osenniy marafon" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oleg Basilashvili ...
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin
Natalya Gundareva ...
Nina Yevlampyevna Buzykina
Marina Neyolova ...
Alla Mikhaylovna Yermakova, Buzykin's Mistress
Evgeniy Leonov ...
Vasily Ignatyevich Kharitonov, Buzykin's Neighbor
Norbert Kuchinke ...
Bill Hansen, Danish Professor
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
Uncle Kolya, Alla's Neighbor
Galina Volchek ...
Varvara Nikitichna
Olga Bogdanova ...
Yelena, Buzykin's Daughter (as O. Bogdanova)
Borislav Brondukov ...
Active Car Accident Witness (as B. Brondukov)
Vladimir Grammatikov ...
Yevgeny Ptashuk, Alla's Friend (as V. Grammatikov)
Dmitri Matveyev ...
Viktor, Buzykin's Son-in-Law (as D. Matveyev)
Vadim Medvedev ...
(as V. Medvedev)
Nikita Podgorny ...
Georgy Nikolayevich Verigin (as N. Podgorny)
Vladimir Pozhidayev ...
Aggressive Van Driver (as V. Pozhidayev)
Lyudmila Ivanova ...
(as L. Ivanova)
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Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin, who makes a living by teaching at an institute and translating English literature, is cheating on his wife. Buzykin's main problem is that he's a kind man with a weak character. The lies he is telling his wife all the time are inconvincing, but he never has the courage to tell her the truth. His lover, Alla, is aware of his family life, but gets offended when, for example, he cannot meet her so that he doesn't come home late, or when he doesn't want to go home in a new jacket she gives him to avoid having to explain to his wife. Alla and Nina, Andrei's wife, both leave him, forgive him, and return to him at the same time, and Andrei continues with this kind of life, full of suffering and deceit. Finally, both women are so fed up with his lies that they don't believe him even when he is telling the truth... Written by Denis Chebikin <chebikin@mit.edu>

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[first lines]
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin: "For whom would nature exist with no one to behold her?" Question mark. "With no one to feel the swirling snow blowing ever colder?" Question mark. "No one to fear the thunder with its mighty roar?" Question mark. "No one to greet the wind blowing from afar?" Question mark. "No one to hear the waves lapping at the shore?" Question mark. "No one to scan the sky to spy the falling star?"
Alla Mikhaylovna Yermakova - Buzykin's Mistress: Question mark.
Andrey Pavlovich Buzykin: "For no one... for herself... for a lark." What? What is it?
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Vesyolyye puteshestvenniki
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Music by Mikhail Starokadomsky (uncredited)
Lyrics by Sergey Mikhalkov (uncredited)
Performed by Oleg Basilashvili (uncredited) and Natalya Gundareva (uncredited)
Second song sung by Buzykin and his wife when Viktor and Yelena tape them
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Yes, a slice-of-life story from the Soviet Union.
14 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

After "Osenniy marafon" (called "Autumn Marathon" in English) came out, director Georgi Daneliya couldn't get any work for about two years; the movie didn't conform to socialist realism in quite the way that the authorities wanted. It portrays Leningrad teacher Andrei Buzykin (Oleg Basilashvili), whose life seems to be going nowhere. His wife barely notices him, and the only thing really resembling joy is when his Danish friend asks him to go jogging every day. But things may be about to change.

The title may refer not only to the jogs with his friend, but the possibility that Oleg's life may be about to completely change (and how he may have to overcome certain obstacles). Maybe. And his friend sure had wild hair for a Danish person - I thought that Scandinavian people usually have very straight hair.

Now for a little joke. There ought to be a movie called "Autumn Marathon Man", in which a burnt out Russian teacher gets some unnecessary dental work.


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