This weekend we continue watching movies by Leonid Gaidai Russian outstanding director of comedy-movies.
The Diamond Arm was made in 1968, directed by slapstick director Leonid Gaidai and starred several famous Soviet actors, including Yuri Nikulin, Andrei Mironov, Anatoli Papanov, Nonna Mordyukova and Svetlana Svetlichnaya. The Diamond Arm has become a Russian cult film. It was also one of the all-time leaders at the Soviet box office with over 76,700,000 theatre admissions in the Soviet era.
The beginning: The main character Semen Semenovich Gorbunkov (Yuri Nikulin) is sent abroad on a tourist trip on a cruise ship. During a walk in one eastern city he accidentally slipped and got dislocated arm. But it turns out, when he exclaimed “Damn!” because the word smugglers used as a password. Semen Semenovich lost consciousness and smugglers plastered bandage, packed with gold and diamonds on his arm…
Continue “The Diamond Arm” story we will watch here (with English subtitles):
Who is Ivan Vasilievich and why does he change occupation and what is so unusual in the changing occupation thing? You answer these questions if you know that Ivan Vasilievich is Russian Tsar Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) 1530-1584 and he has to change his occupation because… he accidentally got to Soviet Russia by Time Machine. If Ivan Vasilievich (Ivan the Terrible) liked it here and how to survive in the middle of 16th century even if you are tsar you’ll find out by watching this comedy based on a play by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Ivan Vasilievich changes occupation (Иван Васильевич меняет профессию) was made by upstanding Russian movie director Leonid Gaidai (our regular readers already watched several his movies) in 1973. Composer Aleksandr Zatsepin and lyrics for songs wrote Leonid Derbenev. In this movie we will meet again the same Shurik whom we like from movie “Kidnapping Caucasian Style (Shurik’s New Adventures)”So we highly recommend you to watch the video!
Ivan Vasilievich Changes Occupation (Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future)
More about the movie Ivan Vasilievich changes occupation you’ll find in Wikipedia.
As always at weekends we will watch a full-length Russian movie with English subtitles. Today it will be a famous old Russian comedy movie “Kidnapping Caucasian Style (Shurik’s New Adventures)” (Кавказская пленница или Новые Приключения Шурика), 1967.
So lets watch: One of the best Russian comedies ever!
================== Director: Leonid Gaidai
Cast: Aleksandr Demyanenko as Shurik Natalya Varley as Nina Ruslan Akhmetov as Edik Yuri Nikulin as Booby Georgiy Vitsin as Coward Yevgeni Morgunovas Experienced Vladimir Etush as Comrade Saakhov Frunzik Mkrtchyan as Nina’s uncle Nina Grebeshkova as doctor Mikhail Gluzsky as Hotel clerk Georgi Millyar Emmanuil Geller Pyotr Repnin N. Avaliani Donara Mkrtchyan as D. Mkrtchyan
As usual at weekends we watch full-length Soviet/Russian movies with English subtitles. This weekend we are watching an old (made 1965) Russian comedy “Operation Y and Other Shurik’s Adventures” (Операция Ы и Другие приключения Шурика).
“Operation Y and Other Shurik’s Adventures” сonsists of 3 independent parts: ‘Workmate’ (Напарник), ‘Delusion’ (Наваждение) and ‘Operation Y’ (Операция «Ы»).
This time we’ll get know another Gaidai’s favorite character Shurik: some serious student, he wears glasses and looks like nerd but he…. Let’s better watch! And yes we’ll meet again our favorite personages: comic trio of crooks Experienced, Coward and Fool. And Shurik we’ll meet them too (in one of the novels).
Our regular readers already know the name of outstanding Russian comedy-movie director Leonid Gaidai (1923–1993). We already watched his remarkable screen version of O. Henry’s stories “The Roads We Take”, “Makes the Whole World Kin” and “The Ransom of Red Chief” – Strictly Business (Деловые люди), 1962. What we like very much!
Today we will watch his another early-made movie titled Absolutely Seriously (Совершенно серьёзно) (1961) where we meet his famous comic trio of crooks: Experienced, Coward and Fool – who brought him a great success and whom we’ll meet again and again in his others movies! They are always up to something no-good, and they always fail at their escapades. The movie was made in two segments:
“Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross” (Пёс Барбос и необычный кросс)
———– Cast: Yury Nikulin as Fool Georgy Vitsin as Coward Evgeny Morgunov as Experienced
Have a good time and remember that laugh prolongs your life! 😉 Russian Video from Russia Svet and Kyle