Fun and varied comedy at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (Atocha, 34) this evening at 18:00 hrs. ‘Operation “Y” and Shúrik’s other adventures is a Russian slapstick comedy, filmed mostly in Moscow and Leningrad, directed by Leonid Gaidái and produced in 1965 by Mosfilm. The film is split into three parts; Naparnik (“Work colleague”), Navazhdeniye (“Déjà vu”) y Operatsia “Y” (“Operation Y”), the story follows the adventures of the diligent and genuine Russian student, Shúrik, who often gets into difficult situations, from which he usually comes out more or less clean. The showing is in the original language, with subtitles, and entry free, limited seating.
The work colleague
On a bus, Fedia, a drunken lout sits in a seat reserved for children and the disabled, and refuses to allow a Young pregnant woman to sit down, arguing that she is “neither a child nor disabled”. Shúrik, who is travelling on the same bus, puts on dark glasses and pretends to be blind. When Fedia is encouraged to give up his seat so the blind man can use it, Shúrik offers the seat to the pregnant woman. Angry, Fedia starts a fight with Shúrik. As a result, Fedia is arrested and sentenced to 15 days of community service. Ironically, he gets sent to serve his sentence at the very work site where Shúrik works part time.
It’s the summer exam period at University and everyone is worried about the exams. Shúrik and everyone else are desperately looking for class notes and finally he finds them in the hands of a girl, Lida, who studies at the same university as him. Shúrik begins to follow Lida, pretending to read, as she is doing, and they’re so absorbed by their reading that Lida mistakes him for one of her friends, leading to a humorous pantomime.
The manager of a department store, trying to hide his own theft, hires three petty criminals called Trus, Bivali and Balbes, so they can fake a robbery. His elaborated plan fails when Shúrik is asked by his landlady, an elderly woman called Babushka, to look after her granddaughter during her shift as a guard at the store. In the end though, they decide that he should cover the shift. Surprised, Trus is unable to carry out his plan of incapacitating the guard with a chloroform soaked rag, accidentally putting himself to sleep instead.