Hussar Ballad

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Hussar Ballad
A 1962 poster for the Hussar Ballad
Directed by Eldar Ryazanov
Written by Eldar Ryazanov
Aleksandr Gladkov
Starring Larisa Golubkina
Yuri Yakovlev
Igor Ilyinsky
Tatyana Shmyga
Music by Tikhon Khrennikov
Distributed by Mosfilm
Release dates
1962 (Soviet Union)
July 13, 1963 (United States)
Running time
96 min.
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Hussar Ballad (Russian: Гусарская баллада) is a 1962 Soviet musical film by Eldar Ryazanov, filmed on Mosfilm. In effect, it is one of the best loved musical comedies in Russia.

With most of its dialogue delivered in verse, Ryazanov's script romanticizes the adventures of Nadezhda Durova during the Napoleonic wars. The swift paced, action packed, humor filled adventure is ingeniously mixed with light-hearted acting bravado and memorable operetta pieces. The film's musical score and songs were written by Tikhon Khrennikov.

The leading roles — those of the cavalry maiden Shurochka Azarova and the dashing hussar Lieutenant Dmitry Rzhevsky — were played by Andrei Mironov's wife Larisa Golubkina and the People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Yakovlev, respectively. Comedian Igor Ilyinsky appeared as one-eyed Field-Marshal Prince Mikhail Kutuzov.

The film is based on the play A Long Time Ago by Alexander Gladkov.[1]

The film proved so popular with Soviet audiences that poruchik Rzhevsky became quite a folklore character, featured in numerous jokes. See Russian jokes#Poruchik Rzhevsky for samples.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Emil Draitser, Making War, Not Love: Gender and Sexuality in Russian Humor (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.) ISBN 0-312-22129-0, p.120a review in Journal of Folklore Research

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