A group of old friends have a tradition of going to a public bathing house on New Years eve. Incidentally, too much vodka and beer makes two of them unconscious. The problem is that one of them (Sasha) has to go to Leningrad but another one (Zhenya) goes. Zhenya wakes up at Leningrad airport. Believing that he is still in Moscow he takes a taxi and goes home. The street name, building and even apartment number, the way an apartment complex looks the same and the key coincide completely - just typical Soviet-type 'economy' architecture. Imagine the surprise of Nadya when she enters her apartment and finds a man without trousers in her bed. What's more - Nadya's fiancé also finds him there...Written by
Konstantin Dlutskii <email@example.com> and sergiek
The two apartment buildings in Moscow and in Leningrad (known as St. Petersburg today) with the same address, 3-ya ulitsa Stroiteley, 25 ("25, 3rd Constructors Street"), are actual buildings Nos. 125 and 113 in Prospekt Vernadskogo, Moscow. They are only 700 meters apart. Moscow or St. Petersburg never had streets named "3-ya ulitsa Stroiteley". See more »
When Ippolit approaches Nadya's home his car is covered with snow, but about half an hour later when he drives off the car is completely clean. Though there is time enough for such action it is highly unlikely that a good Samaritan neighbor would have removed the snow from the car at that time of night on New Years eve. See more »
[Zhenya has just come back from chasing Ippolit]
I tried to chase him down, but he drove away... He drives faster than I run.
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This film has celebrated its 30th anniversary on this 2006 New Year Eve, and there was a special programme about the creation of the film, actors etc. Apparently, the whole country (then USSR) watched it when it was first shown in 1976, and they wanted to see if the rating would be the same 30 years later. I have to say, I have been watching this film religiously since early teens every New Year and when I moved to live in the UK, the video recording of "Ironiya" was one of the essential items I brought with me. It's one of those films that I can watch over and over again, instant mood lifter, and I just can't imagine my New Year day / eve without it, and a bottle of "Soviet" champagne, and Russian salad, and the proverbial Jellied fish that Ippolit referred to as "muck" (I think the closest translation I can think of). On my way back from Moscow to London in Janaury, I tried to purchase a DVD copy in the airport but was told by the assistant that they are permanently sold out!!!
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