This classic silent-era Soviet film is a satirical but romantic tale that deftly captures the social contrasts of the age, telling the story of a humble cigarette girl’s ascent to movie stardom and the three men captivated by her charms.
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This charming silent romantic comedy shows that not all early Soviet films were Communist propaganda. A surprisingly light screwball romp about a young cigarette girl who becomes the object of affection for 3 different men - a clerk, a cameraman, and a wealthy American businessman, the film offers a rare glance behind the scenes of Russia's Mezhrabpom-Rus Studios, before becoming oddly meta in its finale.
Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky's 1924 film "The Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom" (Papirosnitsa ot Mosselproma) is a hilarious silent film about three men trying to win the affection of a cigarette girl. Igor Ilyinsky does a fantastic job and one can say, carries the film through his physical comedy. But also great to see actress Yulia Solntseva in an earlier role before becoming a Cannes Film Festival winning director (1961).