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Slavic/REEES Film Series: Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Professions (1973, dir. Leonid Gaidai)

March 8, 2018 · 6:30 pm8:30 pm · 100 Jones Hall

Soviet man with sword

Leonid Gaidai’s Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Professions (1973), 93 minutes

Shown in original language with English subtitles. Food will be served.

Spring 2018 Slavic Film Series, Laughing Matters: (Post)Soviet Comedy in Context
Organized by Lev Nikulin and Charles Swank

Based on a play by Mikhail Bulgakov, Leonid Gaidai’s Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Professions is a classic of Soviet comedy. Yuri Yakovlev, known for his many comedic roles, stars as both the Soviet superintendent Ivan Bunsha and Tsar Ivan the Terrible, who accidentally swap places in time. Widely praised for its sharp satire of the Soviet Union during the Era of Stagnation, this hilarious science-fiction romp adeptly portrays mid-70s Soviet daily life.

Next screening: Welcome, or No Trespassing (dir. Elem Klimov, 1964) — March 8th, 6:30pm, Jones Hall 100.

Sponsored by Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies/Slavic Dept.
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