Cross Currents in Russian Literature, Film and Music
Saturday, September 22, 2012
What a treat it was to see Опасные гастроли the other night on
Дом Кино television. Vladimir Vysotsky stars as George Bengalsky, the leader of a traveling cabaret group, which also serves as a cover for early Bolsheviks in Tsarist Russia. The action swirls mostly around Odessa, but travels to St. Petersburg for its climactic scene. The film features a great number song and dance routines, with the great Bard singing a few signature songs. The story is exploited mostly for comic effect, with Vysotsky donning a number of disguises to keep one step ahead of the police. It was released in 1969. Here is the film in its entirety on kinopod. Unfortunately, no subtitles.