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5 Soviet Films Shown on New Year's Eve

27. December 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

Much like Americans look forward to watching A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life during the Christmas holiday, Russians reserve New Year's Eve for popular Soviet films. Gathering around the television set to laugh and sigh with friends and family has become as traditional as the champagne toast at midnight.


The most popular film may be The Irony of Fate, also known as Enjoy Your Bath! Directed by Eldar Ryazanov in 1976, it's a screwball comedy and a love story tinged with sadness, as well as one of the most successful Soviet television productions ever.


Because of its dominating drinking theme, the film barely escaped a ban by the Soviet government.


Thanks to the Mosfilm YouTube channel, you can watch the whole film with English subtitles right here! 



Next is The Carnival Night, a 1956 Soviet musical which was Eldar Ryazanov's first big-screen film. Starring Lyudmila Gurchenko and Igor Ilyinsky, employees of an Economics Institute are preparing their annual New Year's Eve entertainment program when a new director arrives hours before with boring revisions. They must team up to distract the new director and go on with their show. 



Magicians is a 1982 Soviet film directed by Konstantin Bromberg, loosely based on the science fantasy novel Monday Begins on Saturday by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky. It's a love story involving magic and it's soundtrack includes many classical romantic songs. 



Gentlemen of Fortune tells the story of an amiable kindergarten director named Troshkin who looks exactly like a criminal that has stolen Alexander the Great's helmet at an archaeological excavation. The film was directed by Aleksandr Seryj in 1972 when he had just left prison. He used his prison experience to design many situations in the movie, and he also introduced numerous expressions from Russian criminal slang (known as Fenya).


Watch it here! 



The last popular Soviet film shown on New Year's Eve is Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. The plot centers on three young women who come to Moscow from smaller Russian towns. They throw a dinner party, pretending to be daughters of a rich professor, with hopes of meeting successful Muscovite men. Each woman does in fact meet a man who changes her life.



Most of these films can be found online with English subtitles. Ask your favorite Russian girl which one she loves best and why. She'll be delighted when you tell her you've watched them! 


Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines