All three leading roles in the film are performed by Nikolai Trofimov
The “Thick Rope” cooperative is entwining three thin ropes to make one thick one, and the “Thin Rope” cooperative uses one thick rope to make three thin ones. As a result there are neither thick nor thin ropes at a local store. A funny story of cooperative swindlers.
535 MISHEL I MISHUTKA (MICHEL AND MISHUTKA)
1961, 33 min., b/w
Directors: Ayan Shakhmaliyeva, Mikhail Shamkovich, screenplay: Nikolai Erdman, Mikhail Demidenko, camera: Alexei Zavyalov, Georgy Senotov, production designers: Marksen Gaukhman-Sverdlov, Mikhail Ivanov, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Grigory Elbert
Cast: Valentin Filatov (voice over — Zinovy Gerdt)
Being on holiday, Michel, a famous actor, stopped training himself and nearly ruined the circus performance. It was a little bear Mishutka that saved the day and performed Michel's star turn — the flight under the top of the circus tent.
536 PYOSTRIYE RASSKAZY (MOTLEY STORIES)
1961, 80 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Ruf, screenplay, theatrical production and scenery
design by: Nikolai Akimov, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Bella Manevich, sound Boris Khutoryansky, music from pieces by: Jacques Offenbach
Cast: Pavel Sukhanov, Kseniya Guretskaya, Nikolai Trofimov, Yevgeny Zharov, Vladimir Osipov, Igor Polyakov, Yelena Yunger, Nikolai Kharitonov, Vera Karpova, Georgy Voropayev
Film version of the Leningrad State Comedy Theatre production based on comic short stories by Anton Chekhov
537 PODNYATAYA TSELINA (VIRGIN LAND DEVELOPED)
1961, (a trilogy), Parts 2 and 3, (2nd — 83 min., 3rd — 100 min., ) color
Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Yuri Lukin, Farukh Shakhmagonov, camera: Vyachslav Fastovich, production designer: Abram Veksler, Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Oleg Karavaichuk, sound: Georgy Salye
Based on a novel of the same title by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov
538 POLOSATY REIS (A LIVELY VOYAGE)
1961, 83 min., color
Director: Vladimir Fetin, screenplay: Alexei Kapler, Viktor Konetsky, camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer:Alexei Rudyakov, misic:Veniamin Basner, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Ivan Dmitriyev, Margarita Nazarova, Alexei Gribov, Yevgeny Leonov, Alexander Beniaminov, Alexei Smirnov, Alexei Kozhevnikov
A Soviet boat is transporting an unusual and very expensive shipment -tigers, lions, and a mischievous monkey. This shipment is accompanied by Shumeikin, a cook working for the trade mission who pretends to be a tamer.
At sea the monkey opens the cages of the wild beasts and this leads to a series of funny adventures.
539 RAZDUMYA… (CONTEMPLATIONS)
1961, 75 min., b/w
Director: Tamara Rodionova, screenplay:Alexei Kiva, Mikhail Krakovsky, camera: Oleg Kukhovarenko, production designer: Georgy Kropachev, misic:Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Nikolai Kosarev
After graduating from school Kostya Migunov goes to work for the same factory where his father has been working for almost 40 years. Yakov Ivanovich treats his son with particular strictness because he is not serious in his approach to work.
Kostya's first day at the factory is full of new impressions. He manages to make some mischief, and also to help elders solve some pressing problem.
540 SAMIYE PERVIYE (THE VERY FIRST ONES)
1961, 95 min., b/w
Director: Anatoly Grannik, screenplay: Alexei Tverskoy, camera: Muzakir Shurukov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Isaac Schwartz, sound: Semyon Shumyacher
Cast: Igor Pushkarev, Nina Drobysheva, Lyudmila Shagalova, Vladimir Chestnokov, Vladimir Samoiolv, Oleg Zhakov
Pilot Sergei Sazonov is offered to join a group of astronauts. He keeps his new job in secret from everybody, including his wife Natasha.
He goes with his wife to the reception in the Kremlin in honour of Yuri Gagarin’s flight and there he is told about beginning of a new program to train astronauts for flight to the Moon.
541 STAROZHIL (OLD TIMER)
1961, 72 min., b/w
Director: Iskander Khamrayev, screenplay: Nikodim Gippius, camera:Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky
Andrei Kutikov was the first child born in a new workers' town and one of the streets of this town has been named after him. As time went on, the town expands and Andrei grows up. He is a liar and always full of mischief. One day a new boy comes to Andrei's class. Unintentionally, Andrei begins to imitate the manner of the serious and reliable Boris and hardly notices that his life is beginning to change.
542 CHELOVEK-AMFIBIA (THE AMPHIBIAN MAN)
1961, 95 min., color
Director: Gennady Kazansky, Vladimir Chebotaryov, screenplay: Akiba Golburt, Alexander Ksenofontov, Alexei Kapler, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designers: Vsevolod Ulitko, Tamara Vasilkovskaya, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Vladimir Korenev, Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Mikhail Kozakov, Nikolai Simonov, Vladlen Davydov
Based on the adventure fiction novel “The Amphibian Man” by Alexander Belyaev
A small seacoast town is full of rumors about a 'sea devil.' A wealthy merchant, Zurita, who trades in pearls, does not believe in it until he runs into the 'devil' under dramatic circumstances. After that he is eager to get this ‘devil' and use him for his own purposes. The 'devil' is an ordinary, or, to be precise, extraordinary young man. When he was a small child a doctor saved his life by transplanting shark's gills into the boy's body. As a result, the boy, Ichtiander, can live both on land and in water. Ichtiander falls in love with Guttiere, the girl Zurita is going to marry, and becomes Zurita's sworn enemy and prisoner…
543 YAVLENIYE VENERY (THE PHENOMENON OF VENUS)
1961, 40 min., color
Director: Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Lev Rakhmanov, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, Mikhail Ivanov, misic: Venedikt Pushkov, sound: Ilya Volk, voice over — Leonid Khmara
Cast: Lev Gallis, A. Afanasyev, Vladimir Balashov, Nikolai Volkov, Mikhail Gluzsky, I. Gurzo, Georgy Teikh, Yuri Rodionov
In 1761 scientists were expecting the planet of Venus to cross the sun's path. Mikhail Lomonosov tried to set up research expedition to Siberia to observe this phenomenon but his request was denied by authorities.
Abbe Chapp is going from Paris to the Siberian town of Tobolsk. The Academy of Sciences sends two Russian expeditions to accompany the French scientist. Lomonosov is observing the Venus in St. Petersburg and makes a discovery that Venus has an atmosphere.
544 GRYESHNY ANGEL (THE SINFUL ANGEL)
1962, 99 min., b/w
Director: Gennady Kazansky screenplay: Mikhail Berestinsky, camera:Muzakir Shurukov, production designer: Semyon Malkin, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky, Boris Antonov
Cast: Olga Krasina, Nikolai Volkov, Sr., Nina Veselovskaya, Gennady Frolov, Yuri Medvedev, Boris Chirkov, Galina Volchek, Alexei Kozhevnikov
Fourteen-year old Vera Telegina sees the sea for the first time in her life. She happened to come to this place by accident. She had nowhere to go. Police sergeant Stavridi finds out that the girl's parents fell victim to political repressions and places the girl in a boarding school.
Vera had to go through a lot of suffering. Several times she was on the verge despair. It was the support of her friends and the sympathy of adults that helped Vera to survive. In the spring of 1953 she finally receives a telegram from her parents…
545 DIKAYA SOBAKA DINGO (WILD DINGO DOG)
1962, 97 min., b/w
Director: Yuli Karasik, screenplay: Anatoly Grebnev, camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Viktor Volin, music: Isaac Schwarts, sound: Boris Khutpryansky
Cast: Galina Polskikh, Vladimir Osobik, Talas Umurzakov, Anna Rodionova, Inna Kondratyeva, Nikolai Timofeyev, Tamara Loginova
Loosely based on “Wild Dingo Dog or The First Love Story”, a novel by R.Friermann.
Tanya was an unruly and unpredictable girl bent on having things her way. Her nickname was “Wild Dingo Dog”. Tanya's father, who had long time ago left Tanya and her mother, unexpectedly comes to this small seacoast town with his new wife and adopted son Kostya. Tanya falls in love with Kostya, but her first love — deep and tender — turns out to be unhappy.
The film was awarded “ St. Marcus Golden Lion “ – the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Venice (1962) and the “Golden Bough “ Premium of the above Festival.
546 DUSHA ZOVYOT (CALL OF THE SOUL)
1962, 50 min., b/w
Directors: Alexander Borisov, Mikhail Ruf, screenplay: Alexei Vlasov, Arkady Mlodik, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Vladislav Savostin, misic: Andrei Preslenev, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky, Anna Volokhova
Cast: Alexander Borisov, Yuri Tolubeyev, Valentina Telegina, Pavel Luspekayev, Lyudmila Chupiro, Alexei Kozhevnikov, Boris Ryzhukhin, Yuri Solovyov
Two old factory workers Sukhov and Solyanov, are old buddies. All their life they have been working at the same factory and living in the same neighborhood. Once Solyanov decides to retire and the two friends quarrel. However, soon Solyanov finds out that it is not easy for him to part with the factory. He realizes that the factory's young workers need his knowledge and his experience. It turns out that his old friend, who reproached him, was right.
547 YESLI POZOVYOT TOVARISHCH (IF YOUR FRIEND CALLS YOU)
1962, 95 min., color
Director: Alexander Ivanov, screenplay: Boris Chirkov, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, misic: Yuri Levitin, sound: Georgy Salye
Cast: Alexei Khlebnikov, Viktor Tkachenko, Nina Malyavina, Vladimir Burtsev, Liliya Malinovskaya, Georgy Teikh
Based on a short story by Viktor Konetsky.
Shatalov and ‘Manya' (the nickname of Alexei) became friends in a naval college. Later, their careers developed differently. ’Manya' becomes the commander of a submarine. Shatalov, punished for criminal negligence in the performance of his duties, is transferred to coastal service. As a professional naval officer, he finds this situation unbearable. One day, he receives a telegram from the Russian Far North. His friend ‘Manya' asks him to come there.
548 ZAVTRASHNIYE ZABOTY (TOMORROW'S TROUBLES)
1962, 75 min., b/w
Director: Georgy Aronov, screenplay: Budemir Metalnikov, camera:Konstantin Ryzhov, production designer: Mikhail Ivanov, misic: Andrei Prigozhin, sound: Semyon Shumyacher
Cast: Anatoly Azo, Yelena Dobronravova, Sergei Plotnikov, Vera Titova, Yuri Dedovich
Based on a short story by Viktor Konetsky
It turned out to be a very difficult voyage for captain Gleb Volnov. The crew of the ship consists of naval college students who are going to sea for the first time. The mechanic, Bitov, father of Gleb's late friend, returns to the ship after a long stay on land. Besides the captain is going through a deep personal crisis. He unintentionally hurts a woman very dear to him and it lies heavily on his soul.
It is a long voyage and Gleb has plenty of time to sort it all out.
549 IZ NYU YORKA V YASNUYU POLYANU (FROM NEW YORK TO YASNAYA POLYANA)
1962, 54 min., b/w, TV
Director: Friedrich Ermler, screenplay: Vladimir Vladimirov, camera:Apollinary Dudko, production designer: Isaak Kaplan, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Anna Shilova, Pavel Okhrimenko, Nikolai Gusev, Pyotr Lobach
At the turn of the century two Russians leave for America and a few
years later they send a letter to Lev Tolstoy. Half a century later
Pyotr Lobach, Pavel Okhrimenko and Lev Tolstoy's secretary Nikolai Gusev are recalling these times.
550 KINO I VREMYA (CINEMA AND TIME)
1962, 95 min., b/w
Film archive compilation
Director: Viktor Sadovsky, screenplay: Arnold Vitol, Viktor Sadovsky, camera: Semyn Ivanov, production designer: Vasily Zachinayev, misic:Alexei Agafonnikov, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov, voice over: Boris Chirkov
The film consists of fragments of films made by “Lenfilm “.
551 KOGDA RAZVODYAT MOSTY (WHEN THE DRAW BRIDGES OPEN)
1962, 92 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Viktor Sokolov, screenplay: Vasily Aksyonov, camera: Moisei Magid, Lev Sokolsky, production designer: Alexander Black, music: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Alexandr Bekker
Cast: Vladimir Yemelyanov, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Valentina Belyaeva, Iya Arepina, Leonid Bykov
Fresh from high school, Valerka has to make a decision about his career. He cherishes romantic dreams about travelling to far off places, but fails his exam to enter naval college. Thus he goes to work as a stagehand in a theatre but soon he gives up his job and falls in love with his neighbour, Inga, who dreams of the sweat life. After a series of misfortunes, Valerka finally finds out his path in life. He gets a job at the seaport where his father has been working as a docker all his life, and enters correspondence courses at a college.
552 MALCHIK S KONKAMI (BOY WITH SKATES)
1962, 35 min., b/w
Director: Sergei Gippius, screenplay: Yuri Yakovlev, camera: Vladimir Kovzel, production designer Nikolai Obukhovich, misic: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Vladimir Yakovlev
Cast: Panteleimon Krymov, Igor Selyuzhenok, Liliya Malinovskaya, Valya Nekhayeva, Galya Gulina, Alexander Sokolov, Zoya Alexandrova
A jolly little boy is hurrying up to the skating rink. An old man in the street suddenly falls ill. The boy helps him to get home, goes to the drug store for some medicine and calls the ambulance. The old war veteran is taken to the hospital. He tells the boy that he wishes he had such a messenger on the front. The boy falls asleep and has a dream that he is a soldier, fighting and defeating the enemy. He wakes up to find himself sitting in the hospital ward. The doctor tells him that the old man had been operated on and that the operation was quite successful.
553 PERVIY MYACH (THE FIRST FOOTBALL)
1962, 20 min., color
Written and directed by: Nikolai Rozantsev, camera: Yevgeny Kirpichev, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Nikolai Chervinsky, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
Cast: Sergei Gurzo, Alexander Susnin, Pavel Kashlakov, Georgy Satini, Gennady Nilov, Leonid Zhukov
Based on a short story by A. Zilberbort
On the eve of the national championship, players of a football
team are feeling very depressed. Their coach is sick, it has been
raining for several days and no one wants to begin the training.
The sudden appearance of the club's towel boy, who asks the players to take him as goalkeeper, cheers the sportsmen up. They go to the playing field taking the persistent boy with them…
554 POROZHNIY REIS (AN EMPTY TRIP)
1962, 85 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Vladimir Vengerov, screenplay: Sergei Antonov, camera: Henrich Marandzhyan, production designer: Viktor Volin, music: Isaak Schwartz, sound: Yevgeny Nesterov
Cast: Georgy Yumatov, Alexander Demyanenko, Tamara Syomina, German Kachin, Svetlana Kharitonova, Anatoly Papanov
Based on a short story by Sergei Antonov
A young journalist, Sirotkin, visits a timber company in Siberia in
order to write a story about the driver Khromov. After becoming familiar with the work of the company Sirotkin finds out that Khromov is involved in illegal deals with the director of the company. Fearing the disclosure of his crimes the director orders Khromov to kill the journalist on the way back…
The film was awarded the Silver Prize and the Diploma of the
International Film Festival in Moscow (1963).
555 POSLE SVADBY (AFTER THE WEDDING)
1962, 92 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Yershov, screenplay: Daniil Granin, camera: Vladimir Burikin, production designer: Alexei Fedotov, misic: Oleg Karavaichuk, sound: Irina Chernyakhovskaya
Cast: Stanislav Khitrov, Natalya Kustinskaya, Alla Konstantinova, Pavel Kashlakov, Yuri Solovyov
Based on a novel by Daniil Granin
All goes well in Igor's life. He works as a mechanic at a Leningrad
plant and has recently married the girl he loves. Naturally, he was not very enthusiastic about an offer to go to work in a remote backward collective farm. Eager to prove that there can be a normal life in a village, he convinces himself to go there. He encounters many difficulties at first, but finally he sets things right, and when a year later he has the opportunity to return to the city he refuses to do it.
556 PROSHLYM LYETOM (LAST SUMMER)
1962, 30 min., b/w
Director: Viktor Tregubovich, screenplay: Alexander Volodin, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Igor Ivanov, misic: Gennady Portnov, sound: Anna Volokhova
One evening Grisha dares to approach Polinka, a girl from the
neighbouring village he has admired for a long time. They begin to date and all goes well until the day when Grisha's impudent friend Kostya decides to ridicule Polinka in public. Grisha, instead of standing up for the girl, cowardly joins his friend…
It could have put the end to their love, but Grisha gathers up the
courage to apologize to Polinka and though his friends mock him, he
Cast: Vladimir Chestnokov, Otar Koberidze, Lev Krugly, Lyudmila Shagalova, Vladimir Vysotsky, Eve Kivi, Yefim Kopelyan
Flight 713 is fine until the moment when the passengers of airliner
begin to suspect that something is wrong. It turned out that terrorists
knocked out the crew of the aircraft, and the airplane is operated by
The danger brings the passengers — all very different people – together and makes them forget their vanity and false pride. At the end, the plane makes a safe landing.
558 SERIY VOLK (GREY WOLF)
1962, 80 min., b/w
Director: Tamara Rodionova, screenplay: Sokrat Kara, camera: Oleg Kukhovarenko, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Nikolai Agafonnikov, sound: Boris Antonov
Cast: Konstantin Sinitsyn, Boris Gorshenin, Georgy Kulikov, Nina Nikitina, Nikolai Grinko, Liliya Arkhipova, Sergei Karnovich-Valois, Yevgeny Lebedev
The brothers Pyotr and Trofim Bakhrushin choose two different ways in life. Pyotr has lived all his life in his native village and became the chairman of a collective farm. Trofim emigrated to America after the Russian Civil War, deserting his wife and daughter. 40 years later he comes to his native village as a guest.
559 CHERYOMUSHKI (CHERYOMUSHKI)
1962, 85 min., color
Director: Gerbert Rappaport, screenplay: Vladimir Mass, Mikhail
Cast: Olga Zabotkina, Vladimir Vasilyev, Marina Khatuntseva, Gennady Bortnikov, Vladimir Zemlyanikin, Vasily Merkuryev, Yevgeny Leonov
Based on Dmitry Shostakovich’s musical comedy “Moscow-Cheryomushki”
The young architect, Lida Baburova, has finally received a long awaited apartment in a new district of Moscow. Along with other new tenants in the apartment building Lida and her father hurry up to Cheryomushki to see the place where they are going to live. At first it takes her much trouble to get the keys, and when she finally gets them she is shocked to see that a wall in her new apartment has been pulled down. A high-ranking official decided to expand his apartment at the expense of hers.
560 CHORNAYA CHAIKA (BLACK SEAGULL)
1962, 95 min., b/w
Written and directed by: Grigory Koltunov, camera: Dmitry Meskhiyev, production designer: Isaak Kaplan, misic:Antonio Spadavekkia, sound: Nikolai Kosarev
Cast: Nikolai Volkov, Yuri Savela, Alexei Loktev, Dzheikhun Dzhamal, Sergei Yursky, Anatoly Adoskin, Yevgeny Matveyev
Manolo is an imaginative boy, and fancies himself to be as brave and courageous as his friend Sardinka. Life in liberated Cuba would have been free and jolly if American fighters had not been flying low over the island and if there had not been a sniper hiding in bushes killing harmless people.
There is a rumour that this sniper is the father of Sardinka, Manolo’s best friend.
561 VSYO OSTAYOTSYA LYUDYAM (EVERYTHING IS LEFT TO HUMANITY)
1963, 100 min., b/w
Director: Georgy Natanson, screenplay: Samuil Alyoshin, camera: Sergei Ivanov, production designer: Nikolai Suvorov, music: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Boris Antonov
Cast: Nikolai Cherkasov, Sofia Pilyavskaya, Andrei Popov, Elina Bystritskaya, Igor Ozerov, Igor Gorbachev
Loosely based on the play of the same title by Samuil Alyoshin
Professor Dronov is very ill, and will hardly live longer than one year. Doctors prescribe him rest. However, the researcher can not leave his project unfinished. He is working on an new engine vitally important for development of astronautics. Besides, Dronov is a deputy of the Supreme Soviet. So he can and he must help people.
Having a strong spirit, Dronov acts according to his conscience and
obeys the call of duty.
562 DVA VOSKRESENYA (TWO SUNDAYS)
1963, 83 min., color
Director: Vladimir Shredel, screenplay: Anatoly Grebnev, camera: Semyon Ivanov, production designer: Alexander Black, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Arnold Shargorodsky
Cast: Lyudmila Dolgorukova, Vladimir Koretsky, Lyudmila Makarova, Viktor Maksimov, Tatyana Pankova
Lyusya is a bank teller in a small town. Accidentally she wins a large sum of money and decides to spend it on a trip to Moscow.
In Moscow she meets Volodya. The young couple spends all day together and makes a date for the next weekend. But Lyusya is late for the date and when she finally comes Volodya has already left.
Lyusya returns home and writes Volodya a letter. She hopes that there will be more such meetings in her life, and that her life will be full of wonderful surprises.
563 DEN SHCHASTYA (A DAY OF HAPPINESS)
1963, 95 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Iosif Heifits, screenplay: Yuri German, Iosif Heifits, camera: Henrich Marandzhyan, production designers: Bella Manevich, Isaak Kaplan, misic: Nadezhda Simonyan, sound: Konstantin Lashkov
It was a chance meeting. Alexander, a young ambulance doctor, saw a pretty woman and acting on impulse made her acquaintance. This fluke meeting grows into a deep love. Shura is married, however, and the situation in her family is a complicated one. Her husband, a geologist, blames himself for the accidental death of his colleagues, and leaves geology to do odd jobs. He does not allow his wife to go to work and Shura is tired of being idle at home. Finally, Shura decides to change her life. She goes to live in a village and is prepared to make a fresh start.
The film was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the International Film Festival in Locarno (1964).
564 ZNAKOMTES, BALUYEV! (MEET BALUYEV!)
1963, 95 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Viktor Komissarzhevsky, screenplay: Vadim Kozhevnikov, Viktor Komissarzhevsky, camera: Veniamin Levitin, Dmitry Meskhiev, production designer: Alexei Rudyakov, misic: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Lev Valter
Cast: Ivan Pereverzev, Nina Urgant, Stanislav Sokolov, Zinaida Kiriyenko, Anatoly Romashin, Sergei Plotnikov, Panteleimon Krymov
Loosely based on a novel of the same title by Vadim Kozhevnikov.
For many years, the civil engineer, Pavel Baluyev has been moving from one place to another all over the country, laying gas pipelines across rivers. Again he is going to a new construction site and again he is parting with his wife. On the new place he has to solve complicated technical problems and also to adapt himself to the people he is working with. For Baluyev his work is a spiritual necessity. He captivates people by his optimism and enthusiasm. This man will always be a winner.
565 KAIN VOSEMNADTSATIY (CAIN XVIII)
1963, 87 min., color
Director: Nadezhda Kosheverova, Mikhail Shapiro, screenplay: Yevgeny Schwartz, Nikolai Erdman, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Valery Dorer, Abram Veksler, misic: Antonio Spadavekkia, sound: Ilya Volk
Loosely based on the fairy-tale of the same title by Eugene Schwarz.
Two friends, wandering musicians named Jan and Jean, are going to the country ruled by king Cain XVIII — a police state where treachery and meanness are praised as merits. The thing is that Jan is in love with a princess and the princess' mother wants her daughter to marry the king. The two friends decide to do their best to break the engagement.
566 KREPOSTNAYA AKTRISA (A SERF ACTRESS)
1963, 101 min., color, wide screen, wide format
Director: Roman Tikhomirov, screenplay: A. Zakharov (Leonid Trauberg), loosely based on script by Yefim Gerken, camera: Yevgeny Shapiro, production designer: Igor Vuskovich, misic: Nikolai Strelnikov, sound:Grigory Elbert
Loosely based on Nikolai Strelnikov's operetta “Indentured Maiden”.
In the country estate of count Kutaisov, they are preparing for the arrival of Anastasiya Batmanova, a famous actress coming back home from Paris. Anastasiya is a former serf, but when she was a small child she was set free from bondage. At the same time, Andrei arrives at the estate. He is secretly in love with Anastasiya. Andrei is a stepbrother of the hussar, Nikita, who is his father's illegitimate son with one of Kutaisov's serfwomen. Andrei's papers certifying that he is a freed serf go missing. Loosing hope to win Anastasiya's affection, Kutaisov decides to marry Anastasiya off to his serf Andrei in order to have her in his full power.
567 MANDAT (MANDATE)
1963, 80 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Nikolai Lebedev, screenplay: Alexander Vlasov, Arkady Mlodik, camera: Anatoly Karpukhin, production designer: Vladimir Savostin, misic: Vladimir Maklakov, sound: Anna Volokhova
Cast: Igor Bogolyubov, Nikolai Rozhdestvensky, Oleg Letnikov, Nikolai Kuzmin, Borya Shcherbakov, Volodya Lebedev
1919. Gleb Prokhorov, the leader of a small group of workers, goes to villages to confiscate grain from the peasants. All the members of the group are killed in an uneven fight with the kulaks (rich peasants). But Glebka, Prokhorov's son, with the help of several boys, accomplishes his father's mission and delivers grain to the starving people in Petrograd.
568 POKA ZHIV CHELOVEK (WHILE THE MAN IS ALIVE)
1963, 80 min., b/w, wide screen
Director: Grigory Aronov, screenplay: Iosif Olshansky, Nina Rudneva, camera: Eduard Rozovsky, production designer: Viktor Volin, misic: Isaak Schwarts, sound: Rostislav Lapinsky
Cast: Vladimir Zamansky, Nina Urgant, Olga Zabara, Sergei Plotnikov, Vladimir Kostin, Lydia Shtykan, Bruno Freindlikh
The engineer Shirokov got into a road accident at the time when at the factory the future of his new project was at stake. He also Had some serious unsolved problems in his personal life. The loving care of people around him, and their unselfish assistance helps Shirokov to overcome his ailment and return to active life.
569 PRINIMAYU BOI (I TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE)
1963, released in 1965, 78 min., b/w
Director: Sergei Mikaelyan, screenplay: Alexei Kapler, camera: Yakov Sklyansky, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, misic: Andrei Petrov, sound: Konstantin Lashkov
Cast: Yuri Berkun, Leonid Dyachkov, Olga Lysenko, Pavel Kashlakov, Vasily Merkuryev, Irina Gubanova
Alyosha Utochkin is a quite young man, a dreamer. Accidentally he joins a band of disreputable youngsters headed by Valetov. At a factory where Alyosha got the job he is regarded as one of Valetov's gang, which complicates his life. Alyosha falls in love with his supervisor, Liza, and manages not only to break off with Valetov but even begins a struggle against him. The end of the story is a tragic one. Members of the band kill Alyosha.
570 RODNAYA KROV (KINSFOLK)
1963, 83 min., b/w
Director: Mikhail Yershov, screenplay: Fyodor Knorre, camera: Oleg Kukhovarenko, production designer: Boris Bykov, misic: Veniamin Basner, sound: Georgy Salye
A talented young man, Timofei Suverenev comes to Moscow from the remote Tyuleniy island.
Determined to become a scientist he achieves brilliant results. The research work made in collaboration with his fellow student Galtsov is awarded a golden medal. It seems that all is going extremely well when it suddenly turns out that there is an error in their research work. Galtsov suggests to keep it a secret. Not willing to compromise, Timofei breaks off with his friend and returns home to continue the research work by himself.
573 BARBOS V GOSTYAKH U BOBIKA (BARBOS PAYS A VISIT TO BOBIK)
1964, 20 min., color
Director: Vitaly Melnikov, screenplay: Nikolai Nosov, camera: Mikhail Shamkovich, Alexander Dibrivny, production designer: Isaak Kaplan, misic: Murad Kazhlayev, sound: Lev Valter
Barbos the dog lives in an old cold kennel while the lazy spoiled lap dog Bobik, finds it extremely tiresome to comply with Grandfather's simple commands. One day, in Grandfather's absence, Bobik invites Barbos to his place and starts boasting about his life. After eating, playing and taking a bath both friends fell asleep in Grandfather's bed. And at that moment the master of the house returns home.
574 VESENNIYE KHLOPOTY (SPRING CHORES)
1964, 80 min., color
Director:Jan Frid, screenplay: Eduard Shim, camera: Vyacheslav Fastovich, production designer: Boris Burmistrov, music: Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi
Cast: Tamara Korolyuk, Vladimir Treshchalov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Alexander Borisov, Georgy Vitsin, Stanislav Sokolov, Alexander Lenkov, Svetlana Dik
The young factory worker, Zhenya, decides to plant trees and shrubs on the factory premises in her free time. Other young workers enthusiastically join Zhenya and though not everything is going smoothly — there is a lot of arguing and some guys try to avoid the work — at the end of the film, the factory garden is blooming.
575 VOZVRASHCHENNAYA MUZYKA (THE MUSIC REGAINED)
1964, 75 min., color, wide screen
Director: Vitaly Aksyonov, screenplay: Alexander Gladkov, camera: Vladimir Burikin, production designers: Viktor Volin, Abram Veksler, music: Vladlen Chistyakov, sound: Boris Antonov, lyrics by: Bulat Okudzhava
Cast: Zinovy Gerdt, Raisa Spasskaya, William Semyonov, Alexei Kozhevnikov, Viktoria Fyodorova, Nikolaty Volkov, Igor Gorbachev, Georg Ots, Alexander Demyanenko
A young musical critic, Marina Gabrielyan, is working on her theses about the composer Sergei Kornilov. She decides to reconstruct the score of the symphony destroyed by the composer who regarded it as a failure. The idea of the story is prompted by true story from the biography of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who destroyed his first symphony after its unsuccessful first performance.
576 GAMLET (HAMLET)
1964, 2 parts, 70 min. each, wide screen
Written and directed by: Grigory Kozintsev, camera: Ionas Gritsyus, production drama
designers: Yevgeny Yeney, Grigory Kropachev, Simon Virsaladze, music: Dmitry Shostakovich, sound: Boris Khutoryansky
Cast: Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elsa Radzinya, Yuri Tolubeyev, Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Vadim Medvedev, Igor Dmitriyev, Grigory Gay, Vladimir Erenberg
Based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same title, translated by Boris Pasternak
The film was awarded the Special Premium and the Honorary Diploma of the Jury of the International Film Festival in Venice (1964); the Special Premium and the Diploma of the Jury of the International Film Festival in San Sebastiano (1965); the Special Premium and the Diploma of the Jury of the National Cinema Club Federation at the International Film Festival in San Sebastiano (1965).