Film, Film, Film

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Film, Film, Film
Directed byFyodor Khitruk
Written byVladimir Golovanov
Fyodor Khitruk
Music byAleksandr Zatsepin
Yevgeny Krylatov
Distributed bySoyuzmultfilm
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
20 minutes

Film, Film, Film (Russian: Фильм, фильм, фильм) is a 1968 Soviet satirical animated short film directed by Fyodor Khitruk.[1]

Made as a parody of the Soviet movie industry, this nearly-silent pantomime tells a story of a film crew that faces various problems during the filmmaking process, from writing a screenplay to pre-production (which includes dealing with beurocratic officials) to the actual shooting of the movie.


At the beginning of the cartoon, the screenwriter tries to write a script with a typewriter, but several times he tears it up. In a fit of desperation, he then prepares to commit suicide, but then the muse of inspiration literally descends to him. At this time, there is a film director who, after reading the script, enthusiastically praises him and takes on it to shoot a film.

Both buddies start running around in different instances to approve the script. At the cost of incredible efforts, then shortening the text, then, on the contrary, adding the text back, the director still manages to approve the script. After that film director goes to film studio and begins to gather the film crew: art director, director of photography, composer, sound engineer, assistant director, actors, workers and others is going to.

Next is the process of filming. Heroes of the cartoon are hampered by various troubles: absence of the necessary props, bad weather, incomprehension of the role of the child actor, the excess of the budget. To top it all off, the authorities already rejected the end of the film as too gloomy. The ending was urgently reshooted. The film was shot, mounted. At the premiere after the success of the film, the entire film crew, with applause from the audience, weeps with happiness.

The movie begins and ends with a song: "So many jobs that call, // but film is best of all. // Once you're involved with it // Happiness guaranteed"[2].


Director Fyodor Khitruk
Screenwriters Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk
Art Director Vladimir Zuykov
Art Director's Assistant Eduard Nazarov
Composers Aleksandr Zatsepin, Yevgeny Krylatov
Cinematographer Boris Kotov
Sound Director Georgy Martyniuk
Animators Gennady Sokolsky, Violetta Kolesnikova, Igor Podgorskiy, Maria Motruk, Marina Voskanyants, Leonid Kayukov
Artists V. Gilyarova, O. Vorobyova, Tatiana Kazantseva, Sophia Mitrofanova, Natalia Tanner, Alexei Solovyov, Tatiana Sokolskaya
Voice Actors Aleksei Polevoy, Georgy Vitsin
Main music theme Sokol (music)
Vyacheslav Dobrynin, Valentin Vitebskiy and Leonid Berger (vocal)


Other facts[edit]

  • According to Khitruk, the cartoon character of the film director was inspired by Grigori Roshal and not by Sergei Eisenstein as most people think.[3]
  • The main theme was performed by Sokol, the first Soviet rock band, although they were listed as "VIA Sokol" in the credits. Vocals were provided by Vyacheslav Dobrynin, Valentin Vitebskiy and Leonid Berger of the VIA Orphey who were not mentioned in the credits at all.[4]


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