Love and Pigeons
Love and Pigeons (Russian: Любовь и голуби, romanized: Lyubov i golubi) is a 1984 Soviet romantic comedy film by Vladimir Menshov whose previous film Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on scriptwriter Vladimir Gurkin's play of the same name.
|Love and Pigeons|
|Directed by||Vladimir Menshov|
|Written by||Vladimir Gurkin|
|Edited by||R. Pesetskaya|
|Music by||Valentin Levashov|
Vasily Kuzyakin (Alexander Mikhailov), an amateur pigeon breeder, lives in a small town with his wife Nadezhda and three children: Lyuda, who has returned from the city after parting with her husband, Lyonka, and Olya, her father's favorite. When Vasily is injured at work, he is given a ticket to a seaside resort. While on holiday, Vasily meets a woman from the city named Raisa Zakharovna (Lyudmila Gurchenko), with whom he eventually has an affair. After some time with Raisa in her city apartment, Vasily comes to miss his family and regrets his decision to leave them.
Vladimir Gurkin did not make up this story: it actually happened to his acquaintances who had the same surname in the film. The prototypes of Mitya and Shura were Gurkin’s grandparents.
Shura – Natalya Tenyakova and Mitya - Sergei Yursky are husband and wife in real life.
In the script Nadya is a middle-aged woman and Shura is an old retired woman, whereas in real life Nina Doroshina who played Nadya is 10 years older than Natalya Tenyakova who played Shura in the film. At the time of filming Nina Doroshina was 50 years old and Natalya Tenyakova was 40.
- Alexander Mikhailov as Vasily Kuzyakin
- Nina Doroshina as Nadya, Vasily's wife
- Lyudmila Gurchenko as Raisa Zakharovna
- Yana Lisovskaya as Luda, Vasily's eldest daughter
- Lada Sizonenko as Olya, Vasily's youngest daughter
- Igor Lyakh as Leonid, Vasily's son
- Sergei Yursky as uncle Mitya
- Natalya Tenyakova as old woman Shura, uncle Mitya's wife
- Vladimir Menshov as leading cadres