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Bed and Sofa (1927)

Tretya meshchanskaya (original title)
A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them.

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Abram Room (as A. Room)

Writers:

Viktor Shklovskiy (story) (as V. Shklovsky), Viktor Shklovskiy (dialogue) (as V. Shklovsky) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vladimir Fogel ... Volodia, a Printer
Nikolay Batalov ... Kolia, the Husband
Lyudmila Semyonova ... Liuda Semyonova, the Wife
Leonid Yurenev Leonid Yurenev ... Building Superintendent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yelena Sokolova Yelena Sokolova ... Clinic Nurse
Mariya Yarotskaya ... Paesant at the Clinic
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Storyline

A married couple have a small apartment in Moscow. When an old friend of the husband's arrives in the city, he is unable to find lodgings. Kolia, the husband, invites his friend to move in with them. While Kolia is away on business, sensual Liuda and attractive Volodia fall in love and have an affair. After his initial outrage, the husband calms down. Kolia winds up on the sofa, and the three settle into a menage-a-trois until the wife finds herself pregnant. The two men are trying to decide what to do, but Liuda is strong enough to make her own decisions. Considered a landmark film because of humor, naturalism, and its sympathetic portrayal of the woman. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Both male lead actors died tragically a few years after the film was made. Nikolai Batalov (Kolya the husband) died at 37 from a long bout with tuberculosis. Vladimir Fogel (Volodya) committed suicide at 27. See more »

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kicking the rock
8 February 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"Tretya meshchanskaya" (called "Bed and Sofa" in English) is what I would consider the Soviet Union's version of "Some Like It Hot": what it portrays was no doubt really mind-blowing when it was first released, even if it doesn't seem so much nowadays.

The movie portrays Kolya (Nikolay Batalov) and Lyuda (Lyudmila Semyonova) living in a Moscow apartment. Kolya is a mild goof-ball whose proudest feature seems to be his hairy chest, while Lyuda is clearly unfulfilled in life and looks stern all the time. One day, Kolya's war buddy Volodya (Vladimir Fogel) arrives and asks if he can live with them. They agree, but then Volodya does more than eat up his welcome mat! One interesting scene is early in the movie when Volodya kicks a rock into the river. When the rock hits the water, it naturally creates ripples. This may mean that everything's about to get upset. All in all, worth seeing.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

None | Russian

Release Date:

1927 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Bed and Sofa See more »

Filming Locations:

Meschanskaya, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Production Co:

Sovkino See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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