Release date16 August 1965 (1965-08-16) WriterLeonid Gayday, Yakov Kostyukovskiy, Moris Slobodskoy Initial releaseJuly 23, 1965 (Soviet Union) SequelKidnapping, Caucasian Style CastAleksandr Demyanenko (Шурик), Mikhail Pugovkin (прораб), Aleksei Smirnov (верзила Федя), Yuriy Nikulin (Балбес), Georgiy Vitsin (Трус), Yevgeni Morgunov (Бывалый) Similar moviesInterstellar, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, (500) Days of Summer, Jamon Jamon, Salt
Operation Y and Shuriks Other Adventures (Russian: ) - (Operatsiya Ã¢â‚¬Å¾YÃ¢â‚¬Å“ i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika) is a 1965 Soviet slapstick comedy film directed by Leonid Gaidai, starring Aleksandr Demyanenko, Natalya Seleznyova, Yuri Nikulin, Georgy Vitsin and Yevgeny Morgunov. The film consists of three independent parts: "Workmate" (????????, Naparnik), "Deja vu" (??????????, Navazhdeniye) and "Operation Y" (???????? Ã¢â‚¬Å¾?Ã¢â‚¬Å“). The plot follows the adventures of Shurik (alternative spelling Ã¢â‚¬â€� Shourick), the naive and nerdy Soviet student who often gets into ludicrous situations but always finds a way out very neatly.
Operation Y and Shuriks Other Adventures was a hit movie and became the leader of Soviet film distribution in 1965.
The film consists of three independent parts: "Workmate", "Déjà vu" and "Operation Y". The plot follows the adventures of Shurik (alternative spelling — Shourick), the naive and nerdy Soviet student who often gets into ludicrous situations but always finds a way out very neatly. "Operation Y and Shurik's Other Adventures" was a hit movie and became the leader of Soviet film distribution in 1965.
Aleksandr Demyanenko Ã¢â‚¬â€� Shurik
Aleksei Smirnov Ã¢â‚¬â€� Fedya the Boor
Vladimir Basov Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Strict Policeman
Emmanuil Geller Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Passenger with an Umbrella
Rina Zelyonaya Ã¢â‚¬â€� A Woman in the bus
Viktor Uralsky Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Cook at the Construction Site
Mikhail Pugovkin Ã¢â‚¬â€� Pavel Stepanovich, Construction Works Manager
Valentina Berezutskaya Ã¢â‚¬â€� Expectant Mother
Segment "Deja vu"
Natalya Seleznyova Ã¢â‚¬â€� Lida
Svetlana Ageyeva Ã¢â‚¬â€� Lidas friend
Vladimir Rautbart Ã¢â‚¬â€� Professor
Viktor Pavlov Ã¢â‚¬â€� "Dub"
Valeri Nosik Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Student-gambler
Georgi Georgiu Ã¢â‚¬â€� Lidas Neighbor
Zoya Fyodorova Ã¢â‚¬â€� Lidas Neighbor
Segment "Operation Y"
Yuri Nikulin Ã¢â‚¬â€� "Fool"
Georgy Vitsin Ã¢â‚¬â€� "Coward"
Yevgeny Morgunov Ã¢â‚¬â€� "Pro"
Vladimir Vladislavsky Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Warehouse Manager
Maria Kravchunovskaya Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Gran
Tanya Gradova Ã¢â‚¬â€� Lenochka
V. Komarovsky Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Truck Driver
Aleksey Smirnov Ã¢â‚¬â€� The Consumer at the Market
On a bus a boor and drunkard named Fedya takes a seat reserved for children and disabled persons and then refuses to let a young pregnant woman sit claiming that "she is neither a child nor handicapped". Shurik, who is riding on the same bus, puts on a pair of sunglasses, and pretends to be visually impaired. When Fedya is urged to let him sit in his seat, Shurik offers the seat to the pregnant woman. Fedya is enraged at being deceived and gets into a fight with Shurik. As a result, Fedya is arrested and sentenced to 15 days of Community service, Russian administrative arrest or simply 15 sutok (15 days). Ironically, he is sent to serve his term to the same construction site where Shurik works part-time. The manager puts them on the same work crew. Fedya does not do his work properly, bullies Shurik, and plans to get revenge on the young student. When Shurik finally hits back, the two get involved in a Tom and Jerry-style chase throughout the construction site using building equipment and various materials as weapons. In the end Fedya is subdued and reeducated by Shurik.
The policeman asks: Who wants to work, alcoholics, parasites, hooligans?
Segment "Deja vu"
Its time for summer examinations at the University, and everyone is cramming for the exams. Shurik (and everyone else) is looking desperately for lecture notes and finally sees them in the hands of a girl on a streetcar, Lida, who is a student of the same University. As Shurik follows her reading the notebook over her shoulder, they become so deeply absorbed in reading the notes that Lida never looks up, instinctively assuming that Shurik is one of her female coeds. The two are completely engrossed in reading and never look at or speak to each other, following a sort of humorous pantomime.
They come into the girls apartment and spend time there reading simultaneously with having a snack and resting, with the girl taking her clothes off, still completely unaware of each others identity, then prepare to go back to the University. There Shurik is distracted from Lidas notebook by a fellow student and loses her as she walks in another direction. After passing the exam successfully, he is introduced to Lida by a mutual friend. Shurik does not recognize Lida but is enchanted by her. He walks her back home and, following an amusing incident involving a dog belonging to Lidas neighbors, finds himself in her apartment again, where he starts to feel as if he has been there before since he can guess where all the things are placed and all the "objects, scents and sounds" seem familiar to him. Lida assumes that he might be a telepathist and has an ability of precognition. She tells him to guess her wish that she has written on a piece of paper, "Find the teddy bear". Shurik then kisses her. Although he failed to guess the wish, the kiss evokes romantic feelings in both of them, and they decide to meet again after the next exam.
Meanwhile another student tries to cheat his way through his Physics exam by using a concealed radio to communicate with another student, but has to dress up to an absurd degree to hide his crude equipment and attracts the examiners attention by using radio jargon, but he seems to get away with it. However, the examiner promptly reveals a proper radio intercept suite in his bag, listens to the cheater call him a fool, and then activates a radio jammer before approaching the offender and blowing his cover. They both laugh at the disguise, and the student gets 5 (excellent) for his design (it is a technical faculty) and a 2 (fail) for the exam.
Segment "Operation Y"
A warehouse manager, trying to cover up his theft, hires three petty criminals nicknamed Fool (??????), Coward (????) and Pro (???????) to stage a break-in. Their elaborate plan goes wrong when Shurik is asked by his landlady, an elderly woman nicknamed Baboushka (Grandma) who usually guards the warehouse, to babysit her granddaughter during her shift, and once that proves to be too much for him, to replace her while she takes care of the child. Surprised, Coward fails to neutralize the guard using a handkerchief soaked in chloroform as planned, putting himself to sleep instead. The culmination of the story is the "Warehouse Battle", involving Shurik and the criminals using various impromptu weapons such as musical instruments and rapiers. The segment ends as an agitated Baboushka arrives at the warehouse and finds Shurik and the trio lying on a floor asleep Ã¢â‚¬â€� Coward having fainted earlier on, Fool and Pro having been "rendered harmless" by Shurik, and Shurik himself having fallen asleep after accidentally wiping his face with the chloroform soaked handkerchief.
The film was shot in Leningrad, Odessa, Yalta, Mosfilm pavilions, Sviblovo district of Moscow and near the Moscow State University. The filming was started on July 27, 1964. In October bad weather in Moscow hindered the completion of the outdoor scenes, so the shooting was relocated to Odessa and was complete on November 22. The rest of the scenes were shot in Moscow and Leningrad. The lack of snow offered much difficulty filming the third episode about the burglary of a warehouse on a snowy winter night. In spring 1965 the editing of the film was mostly complete. The remaining short location shooting was made in Yalta.
The films plot is based loosely on a screenplay written by Moris Slobodsky and Yakov Kostyukovsky entitled Light-hearted Stories (Russian: ??????????? ???????); it consisted of two novels about comical adventures of a young student Vladik Arkov, clumsy but very decent. A character of a "good guy" was popular in the Soviet art of that time, so Gaidai decided to follow this tendency shooting his next film. The story line was modified and the additional novel was written.
More than one hundred actors took a screen test for the role of the student Vladik, but Gaidai was not satisfied with any of them. He had his own personality in mind as a prototype of the character, so when he first saw a photo of Aleksandr Demyanenko and then met him in person, he noticed the likeness to himself in the actor, and believed that the humble Demyanenko in glasses would be able to portray the awkward, naive and honest student.
Initially the name of the main character was Vladik (short for Vladislav). Later the director, impressed by Demyanenko, decided to name the characted after the actor (Shurik, as well as Sasha, is a short form of the name Aleksandr).
Among those who took part in the audition for the main role was actor Valery Nosik. Eventually he appeared in the film as a student-gambler. Mikhail Pugovkin, who played the role of the construction site manager, was initially cast for the role of Fedya.
At the session of the Art Council after the preliminary watching of the film, the critics panned the acting of Morgunov and Vitsin, while praising Nikulin, and were insisting on deleting scenes where Alexei Smirnov appears in blackface. However, no changes were made.
The film was enormously popular; it became the leader of Soviet film distribution in 1965 having 69.6 million viewers. The novel Deja vu, based on a story from a Polish magazine, won the Grand Prix Wawel Silver Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland in 1965.
The film became a fount of quotes for Soviet/Russian people.
In spring 2012 a monument to Lida and Shurik reading the class notes over her shoulder was installed in front of the Kuban State Technological University, Krasnodar.
At the end of the 1970s and the 1980s, the film was released on VHS as part of the series "Video Program of Goskino USSR". Starting in 1990, the film was released on VHS by the film association "Large Scale" (Krupniy plan) with Hi-Fi Stereo sound and encoded in PAL. Starting in 2001, Large Scale began fully restored releases of the film on DVD with enhanced video and sound quality using Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Mono and incorporating subtitles.