as with the film of the fascist era, many soviet films were nauseatically "happy" trying to cover the injustice and atrocious absurdities that were integrant part of the bloody history of communism. this is one of the most known examples.
Soviet kitsch in the American musical comedy grain that's nice to look at and not utterly charmless... but kitsch is kitsch. The most interesting thing here is that, however hamfistedly, the movie sides with its cheerful youth who couldn't be less concerned with the official ideology while lampooning its humorless fuddy duddy manager always insisting that every act of their show deliver an edifying communist message.
Impossibly fresh-faced Gurchenko in a post-Stalinist romp that celebrates fun, and ridicules key aspects of Soviet cultural practice, going as far as presenting the leader-functionary, emblematic to the system, as the evil antagonist. Director Ryazanov excels in filling the comedic frame with subversive code (lots of homoerotic innuendo), a game that he takes to superb heights in his later 'Station for Two'.