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A Forgotten Tune for the Flute (1987)

Zabytaya melodiya dlya fleyty (original title)
The former musician must make a hard choice between freedom with a mistress and comfortable life with a wife.

Director:

Eldar Ryazanov

Writers:

Emil Braginskiy (play), Emil Braginskiy (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonid Filatov ... Leonid Filimonov
Tatyana Dogileva ... Lida
Irina Kupchenko ... Yelena
Valentin Gaft ... Odinokov
Aleksandr Shirvindt
Sergey Artsibashev
Elena Mayorova ... Lyusya (as Yelena Majorova)
Vsevolod Sanaev ... Yaroslav Stepanovich
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky ... Leonid's Father
Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy
Olga Volkova ... Surova
Pyotr Merkurev
Yelena Fadeyeva
Evgeniy Tsymbal
Evgeniy Voskresenskiy
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Storyline

A flutist in the forgotten past, at present the husband of a "big man's" daughter and head of one of the Chief Directorate's sections felt unwell one day: the forty-year-old man had a pain in his heart. This unpleasant incident provided an opportunity to meet a nurse named Lida. However, their stormy love affair ended, with Filimonov returning to normal life and an unloved wife. Written by Burly.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1 October 1987 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

A Forgotten Tune for the Flute See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$85,360
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Production Co:

Mosfilm,Sovexportfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Pesnya byurokratov
Written by Andrei Petrov and Eldar Ryazanov
Performed by Tatyana Nikitina and Sergey Nikitin
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Modern romantic comedy and satire
27 March 2002 | by samyanariSee all my reviews

This is an enjoyable/romantic comedy as well as a caustic satire on the bureaucracy of the post-Glasnost era. Leonid, a high-ranking bureaucrat, faces a mid-life crisis when he becomes enthralled with Lida, a charming/spirited nurse. He makes awkward advances. She learns that his promising career as a concert flautist ended when his politically-powerful father-in-law hoisted him on the ladder of bureaucracy. He is flustered when Yelena, his architect wife, finds out his affair.


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