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Konstantin Dlutskii <email@example.com> and sergiek
The film is a classic piece of Russian popular culture and is traditionally broadcast in Russia and almost all former Soviet republics every New Year's Eve. This tradition was discontinued in Ukraine in 2015 when license holder STB decided not to broadcast the movie after actress Valentina Talyzina was banned from entering Ukraine for "statements contradicting the interests of national security". See more »
The word "isklyuchitelno" (exceptional) has been misspelled in the introduction text. The word is written as "iskyuchitelno". 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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First of all it's a great story that combines elements of subtle satire, romance, and at times laugh-outloud comedy into a farcical love triangle.
Second is the great acting. Andrei Myagkov simply delivers a character who undergoes significant, yet somehow believable transformation from a shy, nerdy young doctor to a bold, at times arrogant, yet at the same time romantic man. A great comic performance by Yuri Yakovlev, as the jealous fiance of the heroine, alone makes the film worth watching, to the last moments.
The 3rd element is the music and poetry. The songs are an important part of narration, not just there for a backdrop. The song lyrics and the poetry are by some of the most prominent Russian poets of the Silver Age and are just plain beautiful. In short this an amazing film, one of those that can be watched over and over.
Finally, if you don't speak Russian, check this film on DVD(NTSC). I recently got it and was very impressed by the quality of translation offered by the subtitles, which provide translation of the songs as well as the dialogue.
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