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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Film Fans Celebrate 'Pokrovskiye Vorota'

MT"Pokrovskiye Vorota" director Mikhail Kazakov reminiscing at the festivities Sunday.
With feelings of nostalgia for the 1950s, fans joined filmmakers Sunday evening to relive the legendary Soviet comedy "Pokrovskiye Vorota."

More than 1,000 people gathered at Chistiye Prudy park for the 20th anniversary celebrations of the film about life in a communal apartment in 1956. A giant screen showed film excerpts, while the film's cast and crew met with the public. "I made a film about my feelings, I made it when I had nostalgia about 1956," said director Mikhail Kozakov as he mingled with fans.

The much-loved movie tells the story of romantic Moscow student Kostik, his neighbor Margarita Pavlovna, her spineless intellectual ex-husband, and her current husband, a straight-laced former military man.

"For me, this film is my young years," said fan Anatoly Babakov, 54. "I was growing up in those places and I lived in a communal flat too."

Kozakov based his script on a play of the same name by writer Leonid Zorin. "It's a requiem of my youth," said Zorin on NTV news Sunday night.

The play was a success in its own right, but the cinematic version became a much bigger hit. The cast included prominent actors Leonid Bronevoi, Tatyana Dogileva, Yevgeny Morgunov and Inna Ulyanova, who now appears in Comet ads. The role of Kostik helped launch the career of Oleg Menshikov.

"We also lived like that, we drank tea outside and knew all our neighbors," said fan Olga Konchits, 75. "But now we don't know anyone and treat each over like animals."