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Zolotoy telyonok 

An adaptation of the cult novel by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov including unpublished scenes that fell prey to Soviet censors. One of Russia's most popular actors, Oleg Menshikov, plays ... See full summary »
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An adaptation of the cult novel by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov including unpublished scenes that fell prey to Soviet censors. One of Russia's most popular actors, Oleg Menshikov, plays Ostap Bender, the renowned con-man and charming swindler. This tale of Bender's attempts to bilk the secret millionaire Koreiko unfolds against the backdrop the vibrant life of the 1920's. This adaptation of the Soviet literary classic boasts colorful characters, risky adventures, and the anything goes atmosphere of the past. Written by Pavel P.

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if you've read the book, don't watch it, if you didn't read, don't watch it anyway
13 May 2006 | by larisseSee all my reviews

It's a terrible film. It's as boring as can be, I have no words, i almost have no words. If you're not a Russian spectator, then it may be OK with you but any of us who knows soviet or Russian actors can notice their absence in this adaptation - except of Oleg Menschikov. It seems that such cast was intended, to avoid rivals who could steal a scene ,or i don't know - anyway ,it seems strange. These second-plan characters are so very neutral and faceless, and they all play as if they have no inspiration and wish and even weren't promised money. The book's characters are all bright and memorable, but here it seems that only Bender deserves attention - and Menschikov plays him so feebly, at least I imagined Ostap Bender to be absolutely different. He plays carelessly and lazily, which is a shame. He promised not to play in bad movies, which can make you think that "Zolotoy telenok" is good - but it's awful, really awful.


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