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The Wrestler and the Clown (1957)

Borets i kloun (original title)
It's a story about two of the most famous russian personages. They become friends, and then go along on the path of glory in parallel.


Nikolay Pogodin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanislav Chekan ... Ivan Maximovich Poddubny
Aleksandr Mikhaylov ... Anatoli Leonidovich Durov
Yuriy Medvedev ... Nikita, Ivan's pal
Iya Arepina ... Marusya Nikolayevna, aka Mimi
Boris Petker ... Giuseppe Truzzi
Leonid Topchiyev Leonid Topchiyev ... Orlando (as L. Topchiyev)
Tamara Loginova
Georgiy Vitsin ... Enrico, a clown (as G. Vitsiner)
Kyunna Ignatova ... Esterina Truzzi
Stepan Kayukov ... Vanya, wrestling contest promoter
Grigoriy Shpigel ... Solomonsky (as G. Chpiguel)
Anatoliy Solovyov ... Raoul Boucher (as A. Solovyov)
Grigori Abrikosov ... Mr. Fish (as G. Abrikossov)
Maya Kazakova ... Alena (as M. Kazakova)
Polina Nyatko ... Ivan's Mother


It's a story about two of the most famous russian personages. They become friends, and then go along on the path of glory in parallel. Written by Cesare Emilio Castelli

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Soviet Union


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Release Date:

9 December 1957 (Soviet Union) See more »

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Color (Magicolor)
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masterpiece. wonderful picture of late XIX century in russia.
6 August 2002 | by figgieuSee all my reviews

almost unknown masterpiece of great russian director boris barnet. the life of a fighter (poddubni) and of a clown (durov), very popular people of russia of late XIX century. wonderful the landscape. a movie you have to watch.

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