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POSLEDNY DYUYM (THE LAST INCH)



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485 POSLEDNY DYUYM (THE LAST INCH)

1958, 90 min., color

Drama

Directors: Theodore Wulfovich, Nikita Kurikhin, screenplay: Leonid Belokurov, camera: Samuil Rubashkin, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Mikhail Weinberg, sound: Georgy Salye

Cast: Slava Muratov, Nikolai Kryukov, Mikhail Gluzsky

Based on a short story of the same title by James Aldridge.

An excellent but elderly pilot Ben agrees to do some dangerous underwater filming for the TV. Accompanied by his twelve-year-old son Davy, he flies a light sports plane to Shark Bay. Davy sits on the shore for a long time. At last, a blood-streaked Ben emerges from the ocean. Painfully, the boy drags his heavy father to the plane...

486 PUCHINA (THE DEEP)

1958, 99 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Antonin Dawson, Yuri Muzykant, camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designer: Victor Savostin, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Anna Volokhova

Cast: Alexander Borisov, Natalya Rashevskaya, Adolph Shestakov, Vasily Merkuryev, Anna Lisyanskaya, Mikhail Yekaterininsky, Alexander Sokolov, Nina Mamayeva, Masha Yekaterininskaya

Based on a play of the same title by Alexander Ostrovsky.



487 SHOFYOR PONEVOLE (A RELUCTANT DRIVER)

1958, 93 min., color

Comedy

Director: Nadezhda Kosheverova, screenplay: Sergey Mikhalkov, Klimenty Minz, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Mikhail Weinberg, sound: Ilya Volk

Cast: Antony Khodursky, Maria Mironova, Sergey Filippov, Lilia Gritsenko, Irina Zarubina, Vera Karpova, Yuri Solovyev, Pavel Sukhanov, Pyotr Aleynikov

On an early summer morning Head Office manager Pastukhov and his driver Savrasov set off on vacation by car. At their very first rest stop Savrasov had a severe attack of the gout. Wrapping his driver companion in his blazer, Pastukhov takes him to a hospital, where, due to the documents in the blazer pocket, he is taken for the Head Office manager. At the same time, struggling through recurrent inconvenience and awkwardness resulting from the activities of his employees, Pastukhov painfully reaches the District seat.



488 SHOPENIANA (CHOPINIANA)

1958, 31 min., b/w

Screened ballet

Directors: Isaac Menaker, Boris Fenster, camera: Apollinary Dudko, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov

Cast: Ninel Petrova, Irina Kolpakova, Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Vladlen Semyonov

A screen version of a ballet to the music of Frederic Chopin staged by the Leningrad State Academic Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre.



489 AKTYER NIKOLAI CHERKASOV (THE ACTOR NIKOLAI CHERKASOV)

1959, 66 min., b/w

Feature/publicistic picture

Director: Alexander Ivanovsky, screenplay: Alexei Leontyev, Joseph Wolfson, Nikolai Cherkasov, camera: Victor Maximovich, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, sound: Alexander Bekker

A TV picture featuring the creative activity of the actor Nikolai Cherkasov.



490 V TVOIKH RUKAKH ZHIZN (YOU HOLD LIFE IN YOUR HANDS)

1959, 91 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Nikolai Rozantsev, screenplay: Leonid Agranovich, Arkady Sakhnin, camera: Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Grigory Elbert

Cast: Oleg Strizhenov, Joseph Kutyansky, Victor Chekhmarev, Herman Yushko, Clara Luchko, Marina Strizhenova

The picture is about the courage of Soviet sappers, clearing mines from a big ammunition dump left behind by the fascists a the city block and discovered in the course of construction of an apartment building 15 years after the war.



491 GORYACHAYA DUSHA (THE BURNING SOUL)

1959, 88 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Yevgeny Nemchenko, screenplay: Vladimir Popov, Yelena Lenskaya, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, Mikhail Ivanov, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky

Cast: Vasily Vekshin, Svetlana Danilchenko, Vasily Merkuryev, Nikolai Yemelyanov, Oleg Basilashvili, Alina Nemchenko, Igor Vladimirov

The young steel founder Fyodor Shebalin has developed an ardent wish to implement a new method of mutual training in the best working skills in his factory. The management and the old workers are in no hurry to change the proven old ways. The impatient young people fail the trial melting. The engineer Yasnova is sure that the productivity of the furnaces can be increased without rebuilding them.

What will the factory management decide?

492 DOROGA UKHODIT VDAL (THE ROAD DISAPPEARS INTO THE DISTANCE)

1959, 63 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Anatoly Vekhotko, screenplay: Alexei Leontyev, camera: Oleg Kukhovarenko, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Dmitry Tolstoy, sound: Anna Volokhova

Cast: Julia Tsoglin, Yuri Solovyev, Mikhail Troyanovsky, G. Osipenko, E. Popov

Graduating from the medical institute, Lena Shatrova was really piqued to wind up in a shabby district hospital. Not before saving a boy sick in a distant village she had difficulties reaching did she come to understand the need for medical care experienced by people independent of where they live.



493 DOSTIGAYEV I DRUGIYE (DOSTIGAYEV AND OTHERS)

1959, 101 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Yuri Muzykant, Natalya Rashevskaya, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Yakov Rivosh, misic: Venedict Pushkov, sound: Boris Antonov

Cast: Vitaly Polizeimako, Nina Olkhina, Inna Yefremova, Mikhail Ivanov, Vasily Sofronov, Sergey Yursky, Yelena Granovskaya, Olga Kaziko, Vladislav Strzhelchik, Yephim Kopelyan, Yevgeny Lebedev

Based on a play of the same title by Maxim Gorky staged by the Leningrad Gorky Drama Theatre; producer: Natalya Rashevskaya.



494 ZHEREBYENOK (THE COLT)

1959, 42 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Vladimir Fetin, screenplay: Arnold Vitol, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Vasily Solovyev-Sedoy, sound: Anna Volokhova

Cast: Iya Arepina, Alla Firsova, Pavel Kashlakov, Victor Adeyev, Ivan Selyanin, Igor Dmitriyev, Herman Khovanov

Based on a short story of the same title by Mikhail Sholokhov.

The mare belonging to Trofim, who is part of a Red Army squadron, has a colt. In a battle occurring shortly the colt lost his mother and didn't catch up with the Read Army unit until the next day, and then with the White Kazakhs. Hearing his mother's call from across the river, the colt rushes into the water, but is no match for the swift current. Trofim hurries to his rescue. When the Red Army soldier and the colt scramble on shore, a bullet fired by an officer of the Whites kills Trofim.


  • The film was awarded the Premium of the YII International Film Festival in Oberhausen, the German Federal Republic (1961).

495 ZAGADKA N.F.I. (THE ENIGMA OF N.F.I.)

1959, 61 min., b/w, TV

Feature/publicistic picture

Director: Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Irakly Andronikov, Sergey Vladimirsky, camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Vsevolod Ulitko, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Irakly Andronikov, Seraphima Bierman, I. Vardadze, M. Gvetadze, I. Imereli, Yelizaveta Uvarova

The picture deals with literary and artistic research methods. In the TV picture the prominent researcher and scientist Irakly Andronikov tells about the research he did in the Caucasus trying to identify locations bearing ties to Lermontov and the name of the woman who inspired the numerous poems dedicated by Lermontov to N.F.I.



496 LIBERAL (THE LIBERAL)

1959, 18 min., b/w

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Mikhail Yershov, camera: Vladimir Burykin, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Lev Stepanov, Svetlana Mazovetskaya, Yevgeny Grigoryev, Roza Sverdlova, Tamara Timofeyeva, Pavel Pervushin, Fyodor Fedorovsky

Based on a short story of the same title by Anton Chekhov.



497 LYUDI GOLUBYKH REK (THE PEOPLE OF THE BLUE RIVERS)

1959, 86 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Andrei Apsolon, screenplay: Oleg Sagan-ool, Stepan Saryg-ool, Leonid Solovyev, camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, Alexei Chyrgal-ool, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev

Cast: P. Nikolaiev, N. Olzey-ool, Maxim Munzuk, Zh. Tursunov, Vera Karpova, Yeleubay Umurzakov

Mergen returns to his native Tuva. He is an engineer fresh from the institute, set on making his native land even more beautiful. Soon enough, he gets a chance to apply himself. A flood has destroyed an old bridge across a turbulent river, and Maxim begins the construction of a new and solid modern bridge.



498 NE IMEY STO RUBLEY... (RATHER THAN A HUNDRED ROUBLES...)

1959, 87 min., color

Comedy

Director: Gennady Kazansky, screenplay: Boris Laskin, Vladimir Polyakov, camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designers: Abram Veskler, Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky

Cast: Alexander Nikitin, Pavel Rudakov, Lyudmila Shagalova, Alina Nemchenko, Yevgeny Leonov, Stepan Krylov, V. Kharitonov

All vocations have champions in ardent love with them. One such was Ivan Andreievich Bazanov, Director of the Museum of Local Lore. Setting out in search of a hidden treasure, he lured along the people he chanced to meet. Nadya, the daughter of a railway guard, Nina Platonovna, the botanist who missed her bus, the students of the conservatoire with nowhere to spend the night, and Gulyayev, Bazanov's neighbor — all of them succumb to the lore researcher's bountiful and vivid imagination and join in his search for the country's riches. True friendship and true love proved to be their most valuable finds.



499 NEVSKIYE MELODII (THE NEVA TUNES)

1959, 71 min., color

Filmed concert

Director: Joseph Shapiro, screenplay: Alexander Khazin, camera: Alexander Xenofontov, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Vasily Solovyev-Sedoy, sound: Grigory Elbert, Semyon Shumyacher

Cast: Alexei Kozhevnikov, Grenada Mnatsakanova, Pyotr Merkuryev, Sergey Filippov

The picture features a young designer embarking on composing a merry musical revue with some friends of his, and the results of his efforts.



500 NEOPLACHENNY DOLG (THE UNPAID DEBT)

1959, 82 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Vladimir Shredel, screenplay: Yuri Nagibin, camera: Samuil Rubashkin, production designer: Victor Savostin, misic: Isaac Schwarz, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya

Cast: Daniil Ilchenko, E. Prokhnitskaya, Nina Antonova, Victor Markin, B. Vladimirov, Boris Novikov, Vladimir Samoylov

Winter. At a tiny railway station where inter-city trains pause for no more than a couple of minutes, the old horse driver Marushkin meets Lyusya Krechetova, the new agronomist fresh from the institute. At first she curiously takes in the new people and the new environment, but in no time at all she becomes irritated by such small things as the lights going out, the missing supply of water...

She doesn't notice the intensity of work displayed by her new acquaintances: the young postwoman, her co-student gardener in love with her, the new Collective Farm Chairman, the old man Marushkin who feels in charge of the district.

Thinking and caring of nothing but her personal well-being, which is not going to be achieved here, Lyusya abandons everything and leaves.

Where to?

501 POVEST O MOLODOZHONAKH (A STORY OF NEWLYWEDS)

1959, 82 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Sergey Sidelev, screenplay: Alexander Khazin, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, misic: Vasily Solovyev-Sedoy, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Vera Pashennaya, Tatyana Peltser, Kyunna Ignatova, Svetlana Zhgun, Anatoly Kuznetsov, Yevgeny Leonov, Alisa Freindlich, Kirill Lavrov, Sergey Yursky

The building on the Neva bank forever remains home for all who grew up there. It is the annual meeting place of the former charges of the orphanage. One of them, coming to meet the headmistress Olga Nikolaievna, is Shura, accompanied by her husband. Her long-time friends gave the newlyweds a warm welcome and wished them happiness. Yet, in a short while a silly quarrel drove the young couple apart. One couldn't be sure of the outcome, but luckily Shura came to see her friends in the building on the Neva.



502 PODNYATAYA TSELINA (VIRGIN LAND DEVELOPED)

1959, Part 1 (a trilogy), 95 min., color

Drama

Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Yuri Lukin, Fyodor Shakhmagonov, camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Oleg Karavaychuk, sound: Georgy Salye

Cast: Pyotr Chernov, Yevgeny Matveyev, Fyodor Shmakov, Vladimir Dorofeyev, Lyudmila Khityayeva, Pyotr Glebov, Victor Chekhmarev, Leonid Kmit

Based on a novel of the same title by Mikhail Sholokhov.



503 SSORA V LUKASHAKH (THE QUARREL IN LUKASHI)

1959, 93 min., color

Comedy

Director: Maxim Ruf, screenplay: Victor Kurochkin, camera: Sergey Ivanov, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Valentin Levashov, sound: Boris Khutoryansky

Cast: Sergey Plotnikov, Kirill Lavrov, Leonid Bykov, Inga Budkevich, Galina Teplinskaya, Galina Vasilyeva, Pavel Volkov, Valentina Telegina

Victor Tuz was crazy about art and loved to sing, but for the lack of other candidates the Collective Farm Chairman Trofimov sent him to be trained as a mechanic. Trofimov's own daughter Liza doesn't like rural life, dreaming of the city. Kostya Lastochkin is an excellent mechanic, but he comes home only on vacations, still due to complete his term in the Army. Everyone in Lukashi welcomes the young lieutenant who is clever with his hands. The nice modest girl Katya is especially appreciative of his visits.



504 SYN IRISTONA (IRISTON'S SON)

1959, 97 min., color

Publicistic/feature picture

Director: Vladimir Chebotarev, screenplay: Roman Fatuyev, Maxim Tsagarayev, camera: Edward Rozovsky, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Ilya Gabarayev, sound: Nikolai Kosarev

Cast: Vladimir Tkhapsayev, Lia Eliava, Nikolai Volkov, Pavel Kadochnikov, V. Kosarev, Z. Tuayev, Mairbek Tsalikov

The picture features the life story of the prominent 19th century Osset poet Kosta Khetagurov.



505 TETYA LUSHA (AUNT LUSHA)

1959, 14 min., b/w, TV

Melodrama

Written and directed by: Joseph Shapiro, camera: Vladimir Burykin, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, sound: Semyon Shumyacher

Cast: Lilia Gurova, Dolorez Stolbova, Oleg Chromenkov, Nikolai Kuzmin

Aunt Lusha has been holding the position of Collective Farm Chairman for a dozen years. She has done a lot for her co-villagers. It is harvest season, but the driver wants to quit and go to work at the Machine/Tractor Maintenance Shop, the district authorities won't allocate a thrasher, and it is time to get the animal farm ready for winter. All the decisions pending are urgent and cannot be delayed. Thus, in caring about her work and about other people, has Lusha's youth slipped away. Perhaps it is time to think of herself? Especially since Aunt Lusha's old age is still quite a long way off....

Loosely based on a short story of the same title by Sergey Antonov.

506 CHOLPON-UTRENNYAYA ZVEZDA (CHOLPON — THE MORNING STAR)

1959, 76 min., color

Filmed ballet

Director: Roman Tikhomirov, screenplay: Isaac Menaker, Nurdin Tugelov, Apollinary Dudko, Roman Tikhomirov, camera: Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Mikhail Rauhverger, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov

Cast: Reyna Chokoyeva, Uran Sarbagishev, Nurdin Tugelov, Bibisara Beyshenaliyeva, Sapar Abduzhalilov

A filmed ballet starring actors of the Kirghiz State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Both the ballet and the picture are based on a Kirghiz folk legend.

507 SHINEL (THE GREATCOAT)

1959, 75 min., color

Drama

Director: Alexei Batalov, screenplay: Leonid Solovyev, camera: Heinrich Marandzhyan, production designer: Bella Manevich, misic: Nikolai Sidelnikov, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Rolan Bykov, Yuri Tolubeyev, A. Yezhkina, Yelena Ponsova, Georgy Teikh, Nina Urgant, Alexander Sokolov

Based on a story of the same title by Nikolai Gogol filmed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the writer's birth.



508 ANAFEMA (ANATHEMA)

1960, 45 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Sergei Gippius, screenplay: Leonid Solovyov, camera: Alexei Karpukhin, production designer: Alexei Fedorov, music from pieces by Alexander Skryabin, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya

Cast: Sergei Krylov, Klara Fadeyeva, Igor Yefimov, Nikolai Gavrilov

Based on a short story by Alexander Kuprin



509 BALTIYSKOYE NEBO (BALTIC SKY)

1960 — 1961, 2 parts, 1st — 89 min., 2nd — 83 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Vladimir Vengerov, camera: Henrich Marandzyan, production designer: Viktor Volin, misic: Isaak Schwarts, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov

Cast: Pyotr Glebov, Vsevolod Platov, Mikhail Ulyanov, Rolan Bykov, Mikhail Kozakov, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Borisov

Based on a novel by Nikolai Chukovsky dealing with the heroic battle for Leningrad besieged by the Nazis during the days of World War II.



510 GUSHCHAK IZ RIO DE JANEIRO (GUSHCHAK FROM RIO DE JANEIRO)

1960, 56 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Arkady Shtaden, screenplay: Alexander Minchkovsky, camera:Anatoly Nazarov, production designer: Vsevolod Ulitko, misic: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Viktor Sokolovsky, Yevgeniya Neverovsky, Alexei Kurikhin, Alexander Susnin

Story of a hairdresser Gushchak who after long wanderings around the world returns to his native village. At first, he finds it difficult to

adapt to the new situation. But as time passes Gushchak feels the

kindness and care of people around him, and he becomes a full and equal member of the community.



511 DAMA S SOBACHKOI (LADY WITH A LAP DOG)

1960, 83 min., b/w

Drama

Written and directed by: Iosif Heifits, camera: Andrei Moskvin, Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designers: Bella Manevich, Isaak Kaplan, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky

Cast: Iya Savvina, Alexei Batalov, Nina Alisova, Panteleimon Krymov, Yuri Medvedev, Vladimir Erenberg

Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov.



  • The film was awarded the Special Premium for Humanism of the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1960).

  • The actress Iya Savvina was honored the Special Premium of the International Film Festival in Cannes, France (1960).

512 DO BUDUSHCHEI VESNY (UNTIL NEXT SPRING)

1960, 57 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Viktor Sokolov, screenplay: Sergei Voronin, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Anna Volokhova

Cast: Innokentiy Smoktunovsky, Anna Arkhipenko, Mariya Prizvan-Sokolova

The young heroine of the film is deceived by the man she loves and has lost faith in people's decency. But the warm and loving care of her teacher allows her to regain faith in people.



513 DOMOI (HOMEWARD BOUND)

1960, 73 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Arkady Abramov, screenplay: Pyotr Beloborodov, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Boris Klyuzner, sound: Irina Chernakhovskaya

Cast: Ivan Pereverzev, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Maya Menglet, Alexander Sokolov, Kirill Lavrov

After five months of work on a trawler in the ocean, Stepan Lezhnev

decides to spend his leave in his native village. After gathering

with friends and relatives, participating in solving the small and

major problems of the collective farm, Stepan wants to stay in the

village forever.



514 I SNOVA UTRO (MORNING ONCE AGAIN)

1960, 74 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Gennady Kazansky, screenplay: Grigory Belenky, Leonid Maltsev, camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designer: Vasily Zachinayev, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky

Cast: Vladimir Samoilov, Kyunna Ignatova, Boris Ryzhukhin, Natalya Medvedeva, Nikolai Kharitonov

Professor Severtsev, a talented surgeon, looses both legs in an accident in order to save the life of a child. It seems that he will never again be able to work as a surgeon. However, his friends, ex-patients, and the love of a faithful and devoted woman allow him to regain confidence in himself and return to his work.



515 KROTKAYA (THE MEEK ONE)

1960, 68 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Alexander Borisov, screenplay: Alexander Borisov, Akiba Golburt, camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Georgy Kropachyev, misic: Leonid Prigozhin, sound: Semyon Shumyacher

Cast: Iya Savvina, Andrei Popov, Vera Kuznetsova, Panteleimon Krymov

Based on a novel of the same title by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.



516 LYUBLYU TEBYA, ZHIZN (I LOVE LIFE)

1960, 83 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Mikhail Yershov, screenplay: Mikhail Berestinsky, camera:Vladimir Burykin, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Oleg Karavaichuk, sound: Boris Khutoryansky

Cast: Gennady Vernov, Ariadna Shengelaya, Irina Bunina, Alexei Kozhevnikov, Vladimir Chestnokov

A young working girl falls into the hands of a religious sect. Only the timely help and support of her friends allow the girl to return back to normal life.



517 MOST PEREYTI NELZYA (THE BRIDGE CAN NOT BE CROSSED)

1960, 90 min., b/w

Drama

Directors: Teodor Vulfovich, Nikita Kurikhin, screenplay: Teodor Vulfovich, camera: Samuil Rubashkin, production designers: Semyon Mandel, Vsevolod Ulitko, Tamara Vasilkovskaya, misic: Mikhail Vainberg, sound:Konstantin Lashkov

Cast: Nikolai Volkov, Lidiya Sukharevskaya, Grigory Gai, Georgy Shevtsov, Vladimir Kazarinov, Yuri Dedovich, Rolan Bykov, Lyudmila Makarova

Screen version of Arthur Miller's play “Death of a Salesman”.

Willy Loman had been working for the company for more than thirty years. He is over sixty. The young owner of “Wagner and Co.” fires the old salesman who can no longer carry out his work well. The two sons of the hero do not live up to his expectations, they do not want to support their father and mother who are getting old. The hero of the film believes that life has no meaning any longer, and the only one way out of this situation is to collect the life insurance money by taking his own life.

518 OSTOROZHNO, BABUSHKA! (BEWARE OF GRANDMOTHER!)

1960, 80 min., color

Comedy

Director: Nadezhda Kosheverova, screenplay: Konstantin Isayev, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designers: Yevgeny Yeney, Mikhail Ivanov, misic: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi, sound: Ilya Volk

Cast: Faina Ranevskaya, Ariadna Shengelaya, Lyudmila Markeliya, Svetlana Kharitonova, Nina Urgant, Yuly Panich, Leonid Bykov, Sergei Filippov

Lena is the director of the new municipal cultural center. The construction of the center is still under way, but amateur theatrical companies have already began their rehearsals. Local bureaucrats do not see much use in the project and suspend the construction. Lena's grandmother finds out about her granddaughter's troubles and energetically takes the matter in her hands. She summons old men and women from all over the town and soon the construction work is in full swing.



519 PIKOVAYA DAMA (THE QUEEN OF SPADES)

1960, 100 min., color

Film-opera

Director: Roman Tikhomirov, screenplay: Georgy Vasilyev, Sergei Vasilyev, Pavel Weisbrem, Roman Tikhomirov, Boris Yarustovsky, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, sound: Grigory Elbert

Cast: Oleg Strizhenov (Zurab Andzhaparidze singing), Olga Krasina (Tamara Milashkina singing), Yelena Polevitskaya (Svetlana Preobrazhenskaya singing), Valentin Kulik (Yevgeny Kibkalo singing), Vadim Medvedev (Vasily Nechipailo singing), Irina Gubanova (Larisa Avdeyeva singing)

Adaptation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera based on a novel by Alexander Pushkin



520 PLOKHAYA PRIMYETA (BAD OMEN)

1960, 29 min., b/w

Comedy

Director: Natalya Troshchenko, screenplay: Alexander Yurovsky, camera:Viktor Karasayev, Alexander Chirov, production designer: Vasily Zachinayev, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky

Cast: Svetlana Druzhinina, Boris Ryzhukhin, Stepan Krylov, Alexander Susnin, Viktor Terekhov, Pavel Pyervushin

Screen version of a story by A. Chuzhmir



521 POBYEDITEL (WINNER)

1960, 46 min., b/w

Drama

Director: Viktor Sadovsky, screenplay: Yuri Nagibin, camera: Vladimir Maksimovich, production designer: Viktor Savostin, misic: Alexei Lobkovsky, sound: Nikolai Kosarev

Cast: Igor Yefimov, Grenada Mnatsakanova, Boris Ryzhukhin, Tamara Aleksina, Alexei Kozhevnikov

A renowned sportsman, champion in skating, Alexei Streshnev, realizes that his time is gone and it would be better to leave the ice track before he suffers a defeat. His fellow sportsmen and his wife are against this decision and, most important, he is the main rival of his ex-pupil, a promising young athlete Vasily Kurbatov. Streshnev sacrifices his reputation of an undefeated champion and helps a young sportsman to set a new record.



522 POIMANNYI MONAKH (A TRAPPED MONK)

1960, 67 min., b/w

Comedy

Written and directed by: Grigory Nikulin, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Arkady Manevich, sound: Boris Khutoryansky

Cast: Vasily Politseymako, Viktor Chekmariov, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Vladimir Matusov, Mikhail Ivanov, Irina Davydova

Film version of a theatrical production based on Henry Fielding's Comedy



523 REBYATA S KANONYERSKOGO (BOYS FROM KANONYERSKY ISLAND)

1960, 71 min., color

Melodrama

Director: Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Rady Pogodin, Mikhail Demidenko, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Ivan Ivanov, misic:Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Semyon Shumyacher, Grigory Elbert

Cast: Valya Yefimov, Volodya Osobik, Yura Melentyev, Lyusya Barsukova, Galya Gulina, Liliya Gritsenko, Vladimir Samoilov

Two friends Valya and Slava invent an exciting game for children from their neighborhood. They pretend to be the crew on 'battleship' which is in fact an old deserted barn. Children are eager to do something really useful. One day they get a letter from their older friend. He is participating in the cultivation of virgin farm land and complains that there are not enough good tractors. The children now find a serious occupation for themselves.They start collecting scrap metal which can be used for building a new tractor. They make use of everything — even the long forgotten sunk barge.



524 KHOREOGRAFICHESKIYE MINIATYURY (CHOREOGRAPHIC MINIATURES)

1960

Film-ballet

Director: Apollinary Dudko, Leonid Yakobson, screenplay: Apollinary Dudko, Leonid Yakobson, camera: Konstantin Sobol, production designer: Yevgeny Yeney, sound: Lev Valter

Ballet miniatures performed by ballet dancers of Leningrad theatres.



525 CHELOVEK S BUDUSHCHIM (A MAN WITH A FUTURE)

1960, 76 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Nikolai Rozantsev, screenplay: Alexei Salynsky, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Semyon Malkin, music: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Boris Antonov

Cast: Gennady Nilov, Izolda Izvitskaya, Tamara Stradina, Sergei Fesyunov, Igor Yefimov, Lyudmila Glazova, Viktor Maryev

Among his friends and colleagues Ivan Kondakov has the reputation of a crazy fanatic, always inventing fantastic machines and gadgets. A local newspaper mocks him in a satiric story. Caricatures on him are posted on the bulletin board at the mine where he works.

Colleagues react to his latest project, which is a mining combine, with ironic smiles. Only Nina, a new worker at the mine, supports Ivan. Her confidence in his creative power allows Ivan to overcome all the obstacles and to become a success.

526 CHUZHAYA BEDA (SOMEONE ELSE'S TROUBLE)

1960, 84 min., color

Drama

Director: Jan Frid, screenplay: Grigory Baklanov, camera: Veniamin Levitin, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, music: Dmitry Tolstoy, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev

Cast: Mikhail Kuznetsov, Liliya Gritsenko, Dzidra Ritenbergs, Viktor Khokhryakov, Arkady Trusov, Pavel Kalashnikov

Something has changed in the life of Fyodor Denisov, the chairman of the collective farm. He is not getting along with people. People are saying that he wants to have things his way, that he does not discuss collective farm affairs with other people, and that he does not care about other people's troubles. His family life collapses. He falls for another woman, Alexandra. He deserts his family and leaves his job. But one day there is a knock at the door. Trouble has come! Now it is not the time to remember old offences.



527 EZOP (AESOP)

1960, 87 min

Drama

Written and directed by: Georgy Tovstonogov, Yuri Muzykant, camera: Mikhail Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, Yuri Prokofyev, sound: Lev Valter

Cast: Vasily Politseimako, Nikolai Korn, Nina Olkhina, Irina Kondratyeva, Pavel Luspekayev, Vsevolod Kuznetsov, Boris Vasilyev

Screen version of the well-known play “ The Fox and the Grapes” by G. Figeiredo produced by the Gorky Bolshoy Drama Theatre.



528 BARYER NEIZVESTNOSTI (BARRIER OF THE UNKNOWN)

1961, 100 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Nikita Kurikhin, screenplay: Boris Chirskov, Dmityry Radovsky, Mikhail Arlazorov, camera: Samuil Rubashkin, production designers: Yevgeny Yeney, Georgy Kropachev, misic: Moisei Vainberg, sound: Georgy Salye

Cast: Vyacheslav Shalevich, Nikolai Gritsenko, Alexander Grave, Fyodor Nikitin, Valentina Kibardina

The test pilot, Kazantsev, perishes during the flight of a experimental aircraft-lab called “Cyclone”. Before he crashed he several times reported a strange phenomenon — a luminescent object flying at high altitude and at high speed. However, tracking devices did not record the phenomenon, and the flight command center regarded it as an illusion of the pilot.

After the tragic death of Kazantsev, his friend and colleague, Baikalov, takes the decision to continue testing the aircraft.

And again the flight command center is getting information about the strange phenomenon…



529 BRATYA KOMAROVY (THE KOMAROV BROTHERS)

1961, 55 min., b/w

Director: Anatoly Vekhotko, screenplay: Yuri Nagibin, camera: Vladimir Chumak, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Isaak Schwarts, sound: Alexander Bekker

Cast: Inna Makarova, Vera Titova, Viktor Khokhryakov, Volodya Mareyev, Borya Barkhatov, Seryozha Rozhanovsky

Loosely based on three short stories by Yuri Nagibin — “Komarov”, “Old Turtle” and “Mad Bull”. Three boys — the three Komarov brothers — open for themselves the poetic world of nature full of miracles and wonders, the world of human relations. This summer has turned out to be a particular one…



530 BUDNI I PRAZDNIKI (WEEKDAYS AND HOLIDAYS)

1961, 93 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Vladimir Shredel, screenplay: Yulian Semyonov, camera: Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Viktor Savostin, music: Isaak Schwarts, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev

Cast: Lev Krugly, Nikolai Volkov, Alexandra Zavyalova, Svetlana Zhgun, Pyotr Aleinikov, Vladimir Volchek

The young engineer, Zotov, is appointed a supervisor of the remote 406 outpost of a railroad being constructed in Siberia. The railroad construciton workers, who live in dark and cold mud huts, do not treat the new supervisor too friendly: they are tired of hard labor and poor living conditions. But finally there comes the day when builders move into a new house which they built with their own hands. And this day turned out to be a double holiday for Zotov — his fiance has arrived! But soon again life returns back to its old routine. A new group of workers arrive to the construction site and again the cold hut is filled with people.



531 VODYANOY (WATER SPRITE)

1961, 35 min., b/w

Comedy

Director: Sergei Sidelev, screenplay: Edda Buranova, camera: Alexander Karpukhin, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Nikolai Shakhmatov, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya

Cast: Erast Garin, Valentina Vladimirovna, Mikhail Fyodorov, Alexei Kubatsky

Prokhor Lykov is nicknamed the 'water sprite' because of his passion for fishing. He spends all his days sitting by a lake with a fishing rod in his hands.

Each day, he starts fishing at dawn. His wife constantly grumbles and villagers make jokes about him. He might have been regarded as a good-for-nothing all his life. But the collective farm chairman finds a good application for Prokhor's hobby.

532 GORIZONT (THE HORIZON)

1961, 100 min., b/w

Melodrama

Director: Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Grigory Baklanov, camera: Vadim Derbenev, Viktor Karasev, Alexander Chirkov, production designers: Bella Manevich, Isaak Kaplan, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Konstantin Lashkov

Cast: Yuri Tolubeyev, Boris Chirkov, Alexander Safonov, Vladimir Nosik, Maya Bulgakova, Geliy Sysoyev, Svetlana Melkova

Twelve youngsters, who have just graduated from school, go to a far away part of the country to cultivate the virgin farm land. Little by little they are getting used to hard labor and hard living conditions. Sergei Novoskoltsev, who always wants to be the leader, comes into conflict with his fellows. The situation is further complicated by the disgraceful way he treats Rimma, the girl who loves him. Problems increase and Sergei considers leaving this place and deserting “the labour front”. However, at the last moment he realizes that his duty is to stay with his comrades.



533 DEVCHYONKA, S KOTOROI YA DRUZHIL (THE GIRL WHO WAS MY FRIEND)

1961, 75 min., b/w, wide screen

Melodrama

Director: Nikolai Lebedev, screenplay: Alexander Popov, camera: Sergei Ivanov, Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic:Vladimir Maklakov, sound: Anna Volokhova

Cast: Vasily Merkuryev, Luda Boltrik, Yura Fisenko, Andrei Tretyakov, Andrei Chernetsov, Lara Nesmachnaya

New neighbours — a father and a daughter — move into a house where Fedya Streltsov lives. Fedya and Nadya became friends, they share the desk at school and do their homework together. Nadya is the first person to whom Fedya confides his poignant secret--- he doubted his father's honesty. Fortunately, all ends well, except that the boy has to part with his friend. Nadya and her father moved to the Far East, to work on a large-scale construction project.




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