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Gusarskaya ballada (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, War | 13 July 1963 (USA)
A young girl decides to join a Husar squadron and fight against Napoleon. Dressed as a man she has a hard time adjusting to the rude Husar life styles.

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Larisa Golubkina ... Shura Azarova
... Lieutenant Rzhevsky
Igor Ilyinsky ... Field Marshal Kutuzov
... Ivan
Viktor Koltsov ... Azarov
Antoni Khodursky ... Count Nurin
Tatyana Shmyga ... Louise Germont
Lev Polyakov ... Pelymov
Aleksey Polevoy ... Balmashov
Vladimir Shiryaev ... Salgari
... Guerilla
Mikhail Orlov ... Guerilla
Valentin Bryleev ... Guerilla
Feliks Yavorsky ... Guerilla
... Guerilla
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A young girl decides to join a Husar squadron and fight against Napoleon. Dressed as a man she has a hard time adjusting to the rude Husar life styles. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com>

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Ballad of a Hussar  »

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Davnym-davno
Written by Tikhon Khrennikov and Aleksandr Gladkov
Performed by Larisa Golubkina
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Real characters and events.
3 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Hussar ballad" is based on real events back in year 1812 when Napoleo's army intruded Russia. The real-life prototype of main heroin is Valentina Durova, a "сavalry lady", who really shined in the Russian Army back then. The intrusion of Napoleo into Russia caused a great stir among people of different classes of Russian society towards immediate joining the Russian Army. Back then Russian army was strictly for males, so the feat of Valentina Durova was one of the extremes that illustrates the greatness of people best of all. Nethertheless, Valentina joined the army, and even became famous as a deadly "сavalry lady", and as such she reached the end of war and the defeat of Napoleo in Russia. The movie recreates the original story in style of light musical war comedy, and, it's a cinema after all, a special twist love story. Everything fits very well in this movie : plot, cast (well, finally the main heroin had to be taken for a young cavalry man, as all hussars would do, and still be a lovable main heroine for the deadliest hussar to fall in love with her) , scenery, dialogues ( one and half hour of dialogues are done in verses only, no prose), music, songs, fights, dances, battle scenes... I do value this movie very high for it's special aroma of people's soul highness where love to Russia, love between man and woman, compassion to the fallen enemy are branches growing from one tree. Even secondary characters are real-life, like famous Denis Davydov, a guerrilla leader, patriot and poet. Highly recommended.


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