|Communal Living in Russia: From Films|
|Comic scenes of Moscow communal apartment life in the 1950s from the feature film "Pokrov Gates," reproduced here by permission of the Mosfilm movie studio. Director Mikhail Kozakov, screenplay by Leonid Zorin. 1982.|
|Translation of the Russian Transcript|
Grandmother: Oh, you want to speak with Kostik!.. Please be so kind as to leave your phone number. Just a second while I get a pencil... Just a second, wait... Lev Evgenievich!
Lev Evgenievich Khobotov: Now... oh, damn, One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight...
Grandmother: Lev Evgenievich, my dear, you've made off with the pencil again!
Lev Evgenievich: ...fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty, thirty-one, thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-four, thirty-five, thirty-six...
Grandmother: Go ahead, give me your phone number, my dear. Yes!
Lev Evgenievich: ...forty-two, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five, forty-six, forty-seven, forty-eight, forty-nine, fifty, fifty-one, fifty-two, fifty-three... Oh!
Neighbor (Khobotov's ex-wife): A real chef!
Grandmother: You're wanted on the telephone. What shall I say?
Kostya: Tell whoever it is to call back later please. [sings]
Grandmother: I'm so sorry, my dear, Kostik is rather busy right now. He's taking a shower. Please be so kind as to leave your number. I'll take it down. Just a moment while I get a pencil. Go ahead.
Veliurov (poet and songwriter): Do you mind keeping it down a bit while I'm working with an author?
Grandmother: Oh, please excuse me, I didn't mean to... go ahead.
Veliurov: Soyev, my dear fellow!... What on earth is going on?
Grandmother: That's Savva Ignatievich working... Sorry, I was talking to someone else. Please, give me your number.
Veliurov: He thinks we have a workshop in here.
Female neighbor: Savva Ignatievich! Savva Ignatievich! Breakfast is ready! Knock on Khobotov's door, so he can come too.
Savva Ignatievich: Zeer gut, Margarita Pavlovna. Lev Evgenievich! Do you hear? Breakfast is ready.