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Spring (1947)

Vesna (original title)
A drab woman scientist, working on machine to harness solar energy, and a pert concert singer look-alike being courted to play her in a movie swap identities and find personal growth, professional success, love, and happiness.


Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Aleksandr Raskin (as A. Raskin) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyubov Orlova ... Prof. Irina Petrovna Nikitina / Vera Giorgieva Shatrova
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Arkadi Mikhailovich Gromov
Nikolai Konovalov Nikolai Konovalov ... Uncle Lionia Mukhin
Faina Ranevskaya ... Margarita Lvovich, housekeeper
Rostislav Plyatt ... Vladimir Ivanovich Bubentsov
Boris Petker ... Akeki Abramovich, theater director
Mikhail Sidorkin ... Nikolai Semyenovich Roshchin
Rina Zelyonaya ... Gabby Film Makeup Designer
Tatyana Guretskaya ... Tatyana Ivanovna
Vasiliy Zaychikov ... Prof. Ivan Nikolayevich Melnikov (as Vasili Zajchikov)
Arkadi Tsinman ... Researcher
Valentina Telegina ... Researcher
Mikhail Troyanovskiy ... Researcher
Georgiy Yumatov ... Assistant Make-up Artist
Garen Zhukovskaya ... Operetta's Prima


Director Arkadiy Gromov for his future film decides to get to know the life of scientists - as it seems to him at first, "hermits" who have renounced everything earthly - and for this purpose comes to the Institute of the Sun. Actress Vera Shatrova is similar, like a twin, to the prototype of her heroine, the Institute's scientist, Irina Nikitina (both roles are played by Lyubov Orlova). Vera Shatrova is going to play a role of scientist. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Since 1990, the film was released in the PAL system on video cassettes by the cinema association "Close-up". See more »


When Arkadi Gromov first meets both characters of Lubov Orlova - Prof.Irina Nikitina and Vera Shatrova, Irina wears a necklace and is stood on the left side of Gromov. But in the next close-up shots, character of Lubov Orlova with a necklace is standing to the left as Vera Shatrova should have. See more »


Referenced in Whispering of Dead (2014) See more »

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one of favourite Orlova movie
9 May 2012 | by vakha2000See all my reviews

It is always funny to hear from somebody who has no idea what they are talking about :) Actually, high-rank scientists, administrators ( those who are called CEO now), actors/directors lived exactly like the heroine of this movie in 1947 Moscow. Stalin's famous quite - "personnel is the key to everything" was not just worthless slogan - Stalin DID pay his "personnel" enormous salaries that let them buy car, hire personal drivers and live-in maids - and built all those luxury apartment buildings in Moscow - with marble, granite, etc. as a matter of fact, Alekdandrov and Orlova themselves lived a life like those - plus had a right to go abroad almost every time they want!

But what i wanted to say about this movie - besides brilliant music of Dunaevsky, this one also presents wonderful acting by such masters of episode as Ranevskaya, Martinson, Rina Zelenaya ( just her "nobody wear such lips now, here, "sex-appeal #5", they will suit you better" is a masterpiece itself:). So, don't lose a chance to see this one!

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13 March 1948 (USA) See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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1.37 : 1
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