Mad for Plaid Outfit + Film Review (The Unamenables, 1959)

This time I’m going to review my all-time favorite Soviet comedy, and before I do that, I’ll mention that my outfit of the day was inspired by this film. There was a lot of plaid going on in the movie, hence, it inspired me to wear a plaid shirt of my own, pairing it with a cheer skirt for a mixed look!

Skirt: Spirit Halloween
Shirt: Secondhand // Bow + Clip: SHEIN // Choker: ROMWE
Shoes: Dolls Kill

I really love plaid and I like how it pairs with this cheer skirt. And the shoes, too!!!

Now, onto the movie! 🍿 Today I’ll discuss why I love this film so much. There were no English subtitles available for this film, as it was all in Russian. But I managed to understand the plot just fine by simply watching!

Victor + Tolya

The Unamenables (1959), stars Nadezhda Rumyantseva, Yuri Belov, and my celeb crush Aleksey Kozhevnikov. As I mentioned in the previous post, these are my favorite Soviet actors and seeing them all together in this film is what made me immediately love them!

Nadia – a young, active girl from a factory (Rumyantseva) is assigned to look after her workmates – two idlers who only waste everyone’s time (Belov and Kozhevnikov). At first, the boys avoid Nadia like the plague, seeing that she is trying to reform them and make them better workers, but as the film unfolds, they all three grow attached to each other.


Literally the first two minutes of the film already had me laughing. We’re introduced to the film showing Tolya (Belov) literally dancing his way into the factory alongside his best friend Victor (Kozhevnikov), both of them clearly not giving a fat flying fig newton that they are late for work and it’s evident that all of their co-workers are pissed.

Volodya + Nadia

While Nadia is responsible for making Tolya and Victor better workers, in the rest of her time, she is very much enamored by Volodya – a strong, athletic and good worker. He likes her, too. But it doesn’t take long for him to get irritated that she spends most of her time hanging out with the troubled boys of the factory.

I wish I was Nadia here, to be honest

One of the best scenes in the film is at a carnival, where we get a musical number! Victor and Tolya do a duet and sing a cute little song for Nadia. Shortly after, Tolya breaks out dancing in front of everyone and the crowd loves him. Nadia is full of cheers but then breaks away to go sneak a peek at Volodya, who is about to do some epic diving in the community swimming pool.

We’re brought to the diving pool, where Volodya is performing his high dive and otherwise showing everyone how awesome he is. Nadia is glowing, impressed by him, and then we get Tolya and Victor walking up behind her, clearly irritated that she snuck off to go watch Volodya swim. I get that Volodya has like a Soviet James Dean thing going on, but come onnnnnnn Nadia!!!! Literally the two most adorable guys in probably the entire gosh dang USSR were just SERENADING you, and you run off to find Volodya. Arrrgh!!!!!!!!!!!

As we get towards the end of the film, it’s clear that Tolya and Victor are not the idlers everyone thought them to be. In fact, they are some of the hardest workers, when it comes right down to it. Nadia sees this for herself, and what I appreciate most about this film, is that the film is about friendship. By the end of the film, Nadia, Victor and Tolya are the best of friends – the film literally ending with them running out of the factory, holding hands.

So that’s it for my review!! The Unamenables is one of those films that I never get tired of watching, and it warms my heart every time. ❤️ I can watch other Soviet comedies and enjoy them immensely, but not to the degree of this film. I’m so glad I discovered it!

See yaaaa!!!

A Good Book and Good Laughs; How My Belarusian Pen Pal Got Me Hooked on Soviet Comedies

This week, I started reading a new book I’ve been anticipating called Checkpoint Charlie by Iain MacGregor! I’ve wanted to learn more about this famous border crossing of the Cold War era, which was a tense divider between East and West Berlin back in the day. You may or may not be familiar with the famous sign that stood at the checkpoint (and still does, as a tourist attraction in Berlin), and I always thought it was both fascinating and foreboding at the same time:

The stern sign gave you fair warning in English, and it also warned you in Russian, French and German that you were leaving the American sector of West Berlin and about to enter East Berlin territory. It was a crossing point from (I think) 1947-1991.

I’m still in the beginning of the book but I can EASILY SAY I am HOOOOOOOOOKED and it’s a real page turner!!!!

Alongside my exploration of new literature, I’ve also dipped my toe into the world of film from the Soviet era of the 1960’s. I have my Belarusian pen pal to thank for this, as I would have NEVER known what I was missing out on – Soviet comedies!

(My pen pal is in his late forties, lives in Belarus and experienced living in the Soviet Union himself, so I’ve learned a lot from him. I can even understand some Russian phrases now, like basic greetings!) 😃

I’ve watched a few comedies so far, including Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures (1965), and my favorite is Bootleggers (1961) featured above. It’s a short film at only 18 minutes long, but it’s 18 minutes of pure joy and laughs for me!

It stars (from left to right) Yevgeny Morgunov, Yuri Nikulin and Georgy Vitsin. The three characters star in several movies together and play troublemakers, in which their schemes don’t exactly turn out the way they think it will and they go through hilarious situations that end with them in the back of a police car. Bwahaha!!!

Side note: I fell in love with Georgy Vitsin like, 3 seconds into the film. How could I not fall for a face like this?

I found myself thinking: all three of these actors have been deceased since the late 90’s/early 2000’s. How cool is it that I discovered their films all the way here in the United States, in 2021 no less, long after they’ve been gone, and I get to experience it with fresh eyes?! Their legacy definitely lives on!

So as you can tell, I’ve been enjoying myself immensely in the world of literature and film – the perfect way to kick off the summer. ☀️❤️ I’ll end this post with two photos of me trying to awkwardly take photos of my outfit in my room. I was feeling the orange and purple ensemble, and the pockets? Sewed those bad boys on myself!!!

See yaaaaaaaaaaa!