Wednesday, February 29, 2012
East of the Caucasus, West of the Moon
Leonid Gaidai has great fun with the classic story, The Prisoner of the Caucasus, in Shurik's New Adventures, a.k.a., Kidnapping, Caucasian Style. Shurik first was introduced to Soviet audiences in Operation Y. It is kind of Three Stooges meet Pushkin, or Tolstoy as the case may be, in a ribald comedy very loosely based on the classic works.
The story has been adapted to the screen by others, including Sergei Bodrov, who retold Tolstoy's version in Prisoner of the Mountains (1996), which also starred Oleg Menshikov. A much more serious telling.