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Za dvoma zaytsiamy (1961)

| Comedy, Musical | 1963 (USA)
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.

Director:

Viktor Ivanov

Writers:

Viktor Ivanov, Mikhail Staritsky (play) (as S. Staritsky)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Oleg Borisov ... Golokhvosty
Margarita Krinitsyna ... Pronya
Nikolay Yakovchenko ... Serko
Anna Kushnirenko ... Serchikha (as A. Kushnirenko)
Nonna Koperzhinskaya ... Sekleta
Natalya Naum ... Galya
Anatoli Yurchenko ... Stepan
Konstantin Ershov ... Plyashka
Taisiya Litvinenko ... Khimka
Olga Vikland ... Ninon
Nina Antonova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lyudmila Alfimova ... Nun Mironiya
Aleksey Bykov ... (as A. Bykov)
Valentin Grudinin ... (as V. Grudinin)
F. Ivanova F. Ivanova
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Ukrainian | Russian

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Two Hares See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dovzhenko Film Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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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 »

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Referenced in Vedro: Family Tree (2017) See more »

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Time to heat the champagne to celebrate friendship between Russia and Ukraine?
16 November 2017 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

Only the absurd monoculturalism of IMDb prevents there being many more reviews of this film, a cult comedy classic from the period of the Krushchev thaw. It is light, frothy stuff, as the playboy barber, Oleg, attempts to juggle two love affairs - one with Pronya, the spoilt and pretentious child of nouveaux riches shopkeepers, whose money he needs to pay his debts and the other her poor but beautifully and honest Gaiya, daughter of a market-trader, with whom he has fallen in love. It is a reminder for those not aware of it of the richness and variety of Soviet film. Nonna Koperzhinskaya is perticularly splendid as Galia' fearsome mother and Pronya's fearsome aunt.

It is a hugely loved film in Russia and he Ukraine (it is set in Ukraine, based on a Ukrainian play and originally made in both languages) and one hope it will not become a political football (the Ukrainian soundtrack was recently rediscovered) between two peoples who have so much in common and every reason to remain friends and allies. Russian film without the Ukraine would be like a man with one leg and so equally would Ukrainian film be divorced from its Russian context. And, as a scene in this film reminds us, both would be incomplete without the input of the Ashkenazim.


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