Madcap comedy set in early 20th century Kiev about a barber whose fondness for drink, gambling, and women lead to bankruptcy. He marries an ugly rich woman to solve his financial woes, but pines for a virtuous beauty who despises him.
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It was originally a Ukrainian-language movie based on M.Starytskyi's eponymous play (1883) that satirized pretentious upstarts eager to assimilate into Russian culture. However, the completed film was dubbed into Russian and released throughout the Soviet Union in the Russian version. The change of language reversed the meaning of the film's satire, turning the movie into a harmless folkloric comedy that reinforced imperial cultural hierarchies rather than undermining them. See more