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Zivot a neobycejna dobrodruzstvi vojaka Ivana Conkina (1994)

Set in a small Ukrainian village during the outbreak of war with Germany in 1941 Private Chonkin, not overly endowed with intelligence, is left to guard a downed military aircraft. The ... See full summary »

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Gennadiy Nazarov ...
Zoya Buryak ...
Njura
Vladimir Ilin ...
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Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
Kilin
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Gladisev
Yuriy Dubrovin ...
Volkov
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Zinoviy Gerdt ...
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Opalikov
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Granny Dunia
Tatyana Gerbachevskaya ...
Afrodita
Lyubov Rudneva ...
Kapa
Ivan Ryzhov ...
Shapkin
Vyacheslav Molokov ...
General Drynov
Nikolai Marchenko ...
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Set in a small Ukrainian village during the outbreak of war with Germany in 1941 Private Chonkin, not overly endowed with intelligence, is left to guard a downed military aircraft. The authorities appear to have forgotten about him so this leaves him free to work his chams on the village postmistress, Njura, untill the local militia are tipped off. Written by Orde Saunders <ods101@York.ac.uk>

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Capsule from another age.
22 December 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Jiri Menzel, director of some lovely, poignant comedies in the 1960s before they were Banned For All Time by the Soviets, films this Czech 'Catch-22' like it was still 1966; the treatment of totalitarian terror as absurdist farce; the hackneyed eccentricity of village life; the amiably bumbling hero with unsuspected sexual prowess. Except 1994 is not 1966, and, the historical or political moment gone, Menzel is exposed, his ideas mouldy, his style threadbare, his comedy and irony as clunkingly gauche as the American 'Catch-22'. Loved the scene with the Jewish shoemaker called Stalin, though.


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