15 Eastern European Cult Classic Films You Should Know About

18607Gentlemen of Fortune (Russian: Dzhentlmeny udachi), dir. Aleksandr Seryj (1971)

Directed by Aleksandr Seryj shortly after his release from prison, Gentlemen of Fortune follows the well-educated Troshkin (played by Yevgeni Leonov), who somehow — with his short, round stature and broad face — looks exactly like a hardened criminal who gets arrested with his gang for stealing Alexander the Great’s helmet at an archaeological excavation. Because the criminal is being held in a different prison from his friends, the police enlist Troshkin to help them. Troshkin gets sent undercover into the prison, and shenanigans ensue when he tries to imitate the prisoners’ behavior and slang.