15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

20100422151214Свадьба_в_Малиновке_фильм_плакат1Operation Y and Shurik’s Other Adventures (Russian: Operatsiya „Y“ i drugie priklyucheniya Shurika), dir. Leonid Gaidai (1965)

A three-part slapstick comedy, Operation Y follows the adventures and mishaps of awkward, naive, and honest student Shurik (played by Aleksandr Demyanenko) as he tries to help a pregnant woman on a bus; takes his exams at the university; and later defends a warehouse from petty criminals in a battle involving impromptu weapons (like musical instruments). Today, Shurik is recognized as one of the most popular characters of Soviet-era cinema.