The Pokrovsky Gate
|The Pokrovsky Gate|
back cover of Russian-language DVD
|Directed by||Mikhail Kozakov|
|Written by||Leonid Zorin|
|Music by||Georgi Garanyan
|Edited by||Irma Tsekavaya|
|Running time||140 min.|
The Pokrovsky Gate (Russian: Покровские ворота; Pokrovskiye Vorota) is a 1982 Soviet comedy film produced for television by Mosfilm. It was directed by Mikhail Kozakov and stars Oleg Menshikov, Leonid Bronevoy, and Inna Ulyanova. The screenplay is based on a 1974 stage play by Leonid Zorin.
Featured in the film are three songs written and performed by renowned "bard" Bulat Okudzhava: "Chasovye Lyubvi" ("Sentries of Love"), "Zhivopistsy" ("Painters"), and "Pesenka ob Arbate" ("Ditty about Arbat").
The story takes place in the 1950s. Konstantin “Kostik” Romin (Oleg Menshikov) has come to Moscow to study history and is staying with kindly aunt Alisa (Sofya Pilyavskaya), who lives in a "communal apartment" building there. His life soon becomes intertwined with those of the other residents. Among them are Margarita Pavlovna (Inna Ulyanova) and both her former husband Lev Khobotov (Anatoly Ravikovich), a publisher of foreign poetry, and her new beau, WW2 veteran and engraver-turned-teacher Savva Ignatevich (Viktor Bortsov).
The main plot revolves around the congenial Khobotov’s attempts to find happiness with newfound love Lyudochka (Yelena Koreneva), while constantly being thwarted by the controlling Margarita. Another tenant is musical comedian Arkady Velyurov (Leonid Bronevoy), who is trying to revive his faltering career and escape from his own loneliness. He has become enamored of a young competitive swimmer, Svetlana (Tatyana Dogileva), who rebuffs his advances but takes a fancy to the opportunistic Kostik.
Kostik finds his own love interest, Rita (Valentina Voilkova), for whom he decides to forsake his playboy lifestyle. In the end he becomes the catalyst for both Khobotov and Velyurov to find some measure of happiness: the former elopes with Lyudochka with the help of Kostik's pal Savransky, and the latter is elated that Svetlana attends one of his concerts in response to a telegram Kostik had urged him to send.
|1 Yelena Koreneva||Lyudochka|
|2 Oleg Menshikov||Konstantin “Kostik” Romin|
|3 Inna Ulyanova (Инна Ульянова)||Margarita Pavlovna|
|4 Viktor Bortsov||Savva Ignatevich|
|5 Yevgeny Morgunov||Soyev (Velyurov's friend and collaborator)|
|6 Leonid Bronevoy||Arkadi Velyurov|
|7 Tatyana Dogileva (Татьяна Догилева)||Svetlana Popova|
|8 Valentina Voilkova (Валентина Воилкова)||Rita|
|9 Anatoly Ravikovich (Анатолий Равикович)||Lev Yevgenevich Khobotov|
- http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1670793/ (Russian)
- See Moscow Boulevard Ring: the Prechistensky Gate for a historical perspective. An illustration of the historical Pokrovsky Gates in old Moscow can be seen here: 
- A diminutive form of "Margarita", a source of some irony; when she introduces herself to a bewildered Khobotov as "Margarita", Kostik interjects "Rita! RI-TA!"