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Volga Volga (Волга-Волга) is typical of the escapist musical comedies directed by Russian filmmaker Gregori Alexandrov. As usual, the film's star is Alexandrov's wife Lubov Orlova, here playing a physical culturalist named Strelka. The hero is Byvalov (Igor Hinsky), an itinerant musical-instrument manufacturer who dreams of forming his own orchestra. The action takes place on a steamboat on the iconic Volga River, as two groups of performers travel to perform in the Moscow Musical Olympiad. Volga Volga won the State Stalin Prize in 1941 and is rumored to be Stalin's favorite film.
Directed by Grigori Alexandrov (1938). Running time 108 minutes. Russian language film with English subtitles.
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