A 1962 poster for the Hussar Ballad
|Directed by||Eldar Ryazanov|
|Written by||Eldar Ryazanov
|Music by||Tikhon Khrennikov|
|1962 (Soviet Union)
July 13, 1963 (United States)
The Hussar Ballad (Russian: Гусарская баллада, translit. Gusarskaya ballada) is a 1962 Soviet musical film by Eldar Ryazanov, filmed on Mosfilm. In effect, it is one of the best loved musical comedies in Russia.
With most of its dialogue delivered in verse, Ryazanov's script romanticizes the adventures of Nadezhda Durova during the Napoleonic wars. The swift paced, action packed, humor filled adventure is ingeniously mixed with light-hearted acting bravado and memorable operetta pieces. The film's musical score and songs were written by Tikhon Khrennikov.
The leading roles — those of the cavalry maiden Shurochka Azarova and the dashing hussar Poruchik Dmitry Rzhevsky — were played by Andrei Mironov's wife Larisa Golubkina and the People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Yakovlev, respectively. Comedian Igor Ilyinsky appeared as one-eyed Field-Marshal Prince Mikhail Kutuzov.
- Larisa Golubkina as Shura Azarova
- Yury Yakovlev as Poruchik Dmitry Rzhevsky
- Igor Ilyinsky as Field-Marshal Kutuzov
- Nikolai Kryuchkov as Ivan
- Viktor Koltsov as Major Azarov
- Antoni Khodursky as Count Nurin
- Tatyana Shmyga as Louise Germont
- Lev Polyakov as Pelymov
- Yuri Belov as hussar-partisan
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