A young student Shurik comes to a remote mountainous region in search of ancient legends and traditions. Fooled by the corrupt local governor, he helps him to kidnap a beautiful young girl, but soon realizes what he's done.
It so happens that peaceful kindergarten teacher is incredibly similar to the terrible villain who stole the helmet of Alexander the Great. And villain's accomplices are unexpectedly similar to children - they also need love and care.
An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never learn about it, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.
Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.
'Samogonshchiki' or 'Bootleggers' (sometimes also known as 'Moonshiners') is tasty slapstick short film about three inept crooks producing moonshine in their forest hut. Trio - Yuri Nikulin, Georgi Vitsin, Yevgeni Morgunov - were first introduced in Leonid Gaidai's segment for comedy 'Absolutely Seriously'. The segment got released separately as a short film. 'Bootleggers' is a followup to that (although on imdb, these short films are put together and presented as two different tales of same trio, when actually they stand two different 18 minutes and 10 minutes films). The comedy is pure classic slapstick, but the energy and intelligence the three comedians perform all stunts gives nice fresh layer to the genre that itself was quite worn out by the sixties. As the film doesn't have any dialogue (only one song) the language barrier can't become obstacle for understanding the movie.
Not the most original comedies out there, but it is proof that talented comedians can turn not matter how simple material into pure gold. Delightful little movie.
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