The Hussar Ballad (Russian: Гусарская баллада, Gusarskaya ballada) is a 1962 Soviet musical film by Eldar Ryazanov, filmed on Mosfilm. In effect, it is one of the best loved musical comedies in Russia.
With most of its dialogue delivered in verse, Ryazanov's script romanticizes the adventures of Nadezhda Durova during the Napoleonic wars. The swift paced, action packed, humor filled adventure is ingeniously mixed with light-hearted acting bravado and memorable operetta pieces. The film's musical score and songs were written by Tikhon Khrennikov.
The leading roles — those of the cavalry maiden Shurochka Azarova and the dashing hussar Poruchik Dmitry Rzhevsky — were played by Andrei Mironov's wife Larisa Golubkina and the People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Yakovlev, respectively. Comedian Igor Ilyinsky appeared as one-eyed Field-Marshal Prince Mikhail Kutuzov.
The film is based on the play A Long Time Ago by Alexander Gladkov.
The film proved so popular with Soviet audiences that poruchik Rzhevsky became quite a folklore character, featured in numerous jokes. See Russian jokes#Poruchik Rzhevsky for samples.Larisa Golubkina as Shura Azarova
Yury Yakovlev as Poruchik Dmitry Rzhevsky
Igor Ilyinsky as Field-Marshal Kutuzov
Nikolai Kryuchkov as Ivan
Viktor Koltsov as Major Azarov
Antoni Khodursky as Count Nurin
Tatyana Shmyga as Louise Germont
Lev Polyakov as Pelymov
Yuri Belov as hussar-partisan