In this country, Christmas is celebrated in a very disciplined and detailed manner; the Russians prefer New Year’s Eve. But they don’t do as much firework as in Germany, most of them spend the last evening of the year at the well-laid table in front of the television. The highlight of the New Year’s Eve celebration is not the speech of the President but the broadcast of the most popular Soviet film of all time, the mix-up comedy “The Irony of Fate or Enjoy the Bath” from 1975. The film’s message is: the owls are not what they seem to be.
It is about a Muscovite who did on New Year’s Eve a Bachelor party with friends celebrating in the sauna, getting very drunk and accidentally boarding a plane to Leningrad instead of his friend. Half asleep, he takes a taxi at the foreign airport and tells the taxi driver his address.
The film was seen as social criticism, as a protest against the adjustment of the new buildings, because the same houses were built in all cities, sometimes streets had also the same name and supposedly all socialist locks could be opened with the same key.
So the film hero landed in a strange apartment, learned to know another woman in a strange bed and left his girlfriend in Moscow in the snow. This new woman, a blue-eyed blonde, with a shiny, incredibly beautiful fur hat on her head, which she hardly put off and a wonderful romantic voice, with which she sang to the guitar sang was the real highlight of the film.
It robbed the Russians of their minds. The audience asked three questions: Where does such a Russian beauty come from? Where did she learn to sing so well? And where do you get such beautiful fur hats from?
First it turned out that the woman was a Polish, Barbara Brylska. Then it leaked through, she can’t sing at all, her voice was set to music by a Russian singer. And finally you learned the truth about the fur hat. It was a white Maine Coone cat trained in the Soviet circus that wrapped around Barbara Brylska’s head as if it were a fur hat.
Now that one knows it, one can of course see at several points in the film with ones eyes wide open, sometimes the cat tail, sometimes a paw, hanging in front of Barbara Brylskas face. But back then we ignored these facts, we didn’t want to ruin our beautiful romance. Over forty years have passed. The Polish actress has left Russia, she lives in her home country and no longer makes Russian films. The singer set to the music in the film, on the other hand, continues to sing unabashedly and recently married a third time at the age of seventy. The Main Coone cat unfortunately died, it was stuffed and exhibited in the Museum of Soviet Film History. She regularly gets put moth paper between her paws because the museum cleaning lady still thinks she is Barbara Brylska’s fur hat.
what are your traditional tv shows during xmas season or nye?