GenreComedy, Musical, Romance ProductionMosfilm CountrySoviet Union
Release date1956 (Soviet Union)
November 2, 1957 (U.S.) WriterBoris Laskin, Vladimir Polyakov CastLyudmila Gurchenko (Lena Krylova), Yuri Belov (Grisha Koltsov), Igor Ilyinsky (Serafim Ivanovich Ogurtsov), Sergei Filippov (Comrade Nekadilov), Andrei Tutyshkin (Fyodor Petrovich Mironov), Tamara Nosova (Tosya Burygina) Similar moviesFrozen, Pitch Perfect 2, Birdman, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods
Eidar riazanov carnival night 1957
The Carnival Night (Russian: Карнавальная ночь, Karnavalnaya noch) is a 1956 Soviet musical film. It is Eldar Ryazanov's first big-screen film, Lyudmila Gurchenko's first role and also one of the most famous films starring popular comedian Igor Ilyinsky. The film became the Soviet box office leader of 1956 with a total of 48.64 million tickets sold.
It is New Year's Eve and the employees of a House of culture are ready with their annual New Year's entertainment program. It includes a lot of dancing and singing, jazz band performance and even magic tricks. Suddenly, an announcement is made that a new director has been appointed and that he is arriving shortly. Comrade Ogurtsov arrives in time to review and disapprove of the scheduled entertainment. To him, holiday fun has a different meaning. He imagines speakers reading annual reports to show the club's progress over the year, and, perhaps, a bit of serious music, something from the Classics, played by the Veterans' orchestra.
Obviously, no one wants to change the program a few hours before the show, much less to replace it with something so boring! Now everyone has to team up in order to prevent Ogurtsov from getting to the stage. As some of them trap Ogurtsov one way or another, others perform their scheduled pieces and celebrate New Year's Eve.
Igor Ilyinsky as Serafim Ivanovich Ogurtsov, club director
Lyudmila Gurchenko as Lena Krylova
Yuri Belov as Grisha Koltsov, electrician
Andrei Tutyshkin as Fyodor Petrovich Mironov, bookkeeper
Olga Vlasova as Adelaida Kuzminichna Romashkina, librarian
Tamara Nosova as Tosya Burigina, Ogurtsov's secretary
Georgi Kulikov as Seryozha Usikov, painter
Gennadi Yudin as Jazz band Conductor
Vladimir Zeldin as Nikolayev, Tip Clown
Boris Petker as Sidorov, Top Clown
Sergei Filippov as Comrade Nekadilov, lecturer
Shmelev Sisters as Singing Waitresses
Gusakov Brothers as Step Dancers
Tamara Sokolova and Petr Pomazkov as Dancers
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
Writers: Boris Laskin, Vladimir Polyakov
Cinematography: Arkady Koltsaty
Composer: Anatols Liepiņš (Anatoly Lepin)
Music orchestration: Eddie Rosner, also jazz band leader (uncredited)
Mosfilm's director of that time Ivan Pyryev was the one who appointed Eldar Ryazanov to direct the picture despite Ryazanov not having interest in musicals at that time. Pyryev was heavily involved in the making of the film, assisting Ryazanov every step of the way.
Because the picture was Ryazanov's first directorial experience, the young director was met with severe skepticism and after seeing half of the filmed material the artistic council was convinced that the film would turn out to be a huge failure.
Initially Lyudmila Gurchenko was rejected for the role of Lena Krylova by director Eldar Ryazanov and the artist council. Another actress was hired, however she could not handle the part. Then Ryazanov came to Pyryev with the appeal to hire a new actress, adding that anyone but Gurchenko should be signed up for the role of Krylova. But when Pyryev later saw Gurchenko in the Mosfilm corridor, he decided that there was something special about her. Pyryev brought her to the set and announced that she will act in the film.
The film was made in five months, with most of the scenes shot in the Russian Army Theatre.
In 2006 Ryazanov made a sequel to the picture, called "Carnival Night 2, or Fifty Years Later" starring Alyona Babenko and Sergei Bezrukov.