GenreComedy ScreenplayAleksandr Volodin CountrySoviet Union
Release date1965 (USSR)
1987 (second release) WriterAleksandr Volodin (play), Aleksandr Volodin (screenplay) CastAlisa Freindlich, Andrey Myagkov, Vera Vasilyeva, Pantelejmon Krymov, Andrey Petrov Similar moviesRelated Elem Klimov movies
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Adventures of a Dentist (Russian: Пoхoждения зубногo врача, Pokhozhdyeniya zubnovo vracha) is a 1965 Soviet dark comedy/drama feature film directed by Elem Klimov on Mosfilm. It is currently unavailable on video or DVD for any audience, but is occasionally screened at film festivals.
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A dentist is derided (and eventually has his life ruined) by his colleagues for his natural talent of painlessly pulling out teeth.
Andrey Myagkov - Sergey Petrovich Chesnokov
Vera Vasilyeva - Lyudmila Ivanovna Lastochkina
Alisa Freindlich - Masha
Panteleymon Krymov - the father of Masha
Olga Gobzeva - Tanya
Igor Kvasha - Merezhkovsky, a fighter for justice
Valentin Nikulin - a sick man, brought for a "demonstrative" tooth extraction
Yevgeniy Perov - Yakov Vasilyevich Rubakhin
Andrei Petrov - Kotikov, Chesnokov's boss
Leonid Diachkov - fiance of Masha
Elizabeth Nikischihina - student Zavalniuk
Lybov Korneva - Karpova, medical student
Svetlana Starikova - Komsomol leader
The film's implication, that society inevitably ostracizes those who are gifted, horrified censors who told Klimov to change it. When Klimov refused, the film was given the lowest classification: "category three", which meant that it was shown in only 25-78 movie theatres. Only about half a million viewers saw the film when it premiered. In the West, the film has gained recognition due to it being directed by Klimov (most known for his film Come and See), and it has been screened at several film festivals in the last few years.