A soldier of the Red Army named Sukhov has been fighting in the Russian Civil War in Russian Asia for many years. Just as he is about to return home to his wife, Sukhov is chosen to guard and protect the harem of a guerilla leader (Abdulla). Abdulla is wanted by the Red Army and left his harem behind because the women hindered him. Sukhov's task proves to be more difficult than he imagined...
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During the Soviet era, the film didn't receive any awards but Russian president Boris Yeltsin awarded it the Russian Federation State Prize in Literature and Arts in 1998 and deemed it culturally significant. See more
The movie takes place in Turkmenistan circa 1920. At that time Tukrmenistan had already became a part of Soviet Russia (Dec-1917) and some people began using Russian language, but the official language up 1928 was Turkmen where an alphabet based on Arabic graphics had been used. Still all the signs and inscriptions seen throughout the movie are in Russian (cyrillic) only. See more
The Orient is a delicate matter...
Vashe blagorodiye, gospozha Razluka
Written by Isaac Schwarts
and Bulat Okudzhava
Performed by Pavel Luspekayev See more