Chelovek s bulvara Kaputsinov

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Chelovek s bulvara Kaputsinov (Soviet Union 1987 / Director: Alla Surikova)

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Also known as

Человек с бульвара Капуцинов (Russia) | Saluunan sankarit (Finland) | Kun elokuva tuli villiin länteen (Finland) | L'homme de boulevard des Capucines (France) | A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (U.S.A.)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Andrei Mironov (Johnny First/Fest), Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae (Ms. Diana Little (as Aleksandra Asmaye)), Mikhail Boyarsky (Cherny 'Black' Jack), Oleg Tabakov (Harry), Nikolai Karachentsov (Billy King), Igor Kvasha (Pastor), Lev Durov (Coffin maker), Galina Polskikh (Mrs. Thompson), Natalya Krachkovskaya (Konchita), Natalya Fateyeva (Chief's wife), Spartak Mishulin (Chief of comanches), Albert Filozov (Mr. Second), Mikhail Svetin (Pharmacist), Leonid Yarmolnik (Martin), Borislav Brondukov (stray cowboy), Oleg Anofriyev (pianist), N. Astapov, M. Bulatova, Yuri Dumchev (White Feather), Aleksandr Inshakov, Aleksander Pavlov (Hugh), Boris Ivanov, Anatoli Kalmykov, Mikhail Kherkheulideze (Mr. Edwood), Valeri Lysenkov, Nikolai Sysoyev (Sammy), Anton Tabakov (usher), Igor Vorobyov (bully), Anton Tabakov (bandit), A. Malyshev (Aleksandr Malyshev), S. Mikulsky, Aleksandr Slastin, Pavel Abdalov, Svetlana Andropova, Oleg Bannikov, Nikolai Debero, Dmitriy Demyanenko, Nikolai Ferapontov, Aleksandr Gorbachyov, Vladimir Korovkin, Yevgeni Kuleshov, Yuri Shumilo, Sergei Vorobyov
  • Story: Eduard Akopov
  • Screenplay: Eduard Akopov
  • Cinematography by: Grigori Belenky [color]
  • Music: Gennadi Gladkov
  • Producer: Yevgeni Markovich

Synopsis

The plot involves the arrival of Mr Johnny First (or 'Fest' in some translations) in a sleepy 'Wild West' town. After Mr First starts showing the residents Chaplinesque silent films on his cinematograph, the town's wild inhabitants are tamed by the images on the silver screen, trading glasses of milk and moving pictures for saloons and brawls.

Beautiful dancer Diane falls for First/Fest, and so he ends up making a few enemies, including Diane's many other admirers, and the barman who is threatened by the new competition for "entertainment". In many ways, the film is a comedy critique of the wild west myth, and takes the whole thing full circle. Just as Buffalo Bill mythologised his exploits, and later Hollywood elaborated the image, so in this way you have a Soviet film (i.e. the other side of the Cold War deconstructing it, and satirising it, both through the film, and the "film within film" that Johnny First shows. It is a self-reflexive fable documenting its own evolution. (from Wikipedia)

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