Russian and East European Studies MovieClub@UoM

by | May 30, 2019 | Events | 0 comments

Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 5.00pm

Graduate School Conference Room C1.18, Ellen Wilkinson Building

The University of Manchester Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

All are welcome

On the 18 June, we will be watching Gentlemen of Fortune (Dzhentelmeny udachi), a 1971 Soviet crime comedy directed by Aleksandr Sery, with English subtitles. With 65 million viewers, the film was the highest grossing movie in the Soviet Union in 1972.

The film tells the story of “a kindergarten teacher who bears a striking resemblance to a master thief. When the bad guy swipes a helmet that belonged to Alexander the Great, the teacher uses his brains and his looks to attempt to retrieve the item.” 

Runtime: 88 min.

You will:

  • participate in a treasure hunt in very unusual settings, ranging from a prison to abandoned houses
  • see one of the first films in Soviet history to feature men dressed in women’s clothes.
  • get a free express course in Russian criminals’ slang and basic English
  • see Russian criminal tattoos
  • learn how to transfer kindergarten teacher’s skills into the criminal environment
  • watch a Soviet version of Face/Off, a 1997 film starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage.


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