Film, Film, Film

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Film, Film, Film
Directed by Fyodor Khitruk
Written byVladimir Golovanov
Fyodor Khitruk
Music by Aleksandr Zatsepin
Yevgeny Krylatov
Distributed by Soyuzmultfilm
Release date
  • January 1, 1968 (January 1, 1968)
Running time
20 minutes
Country USSR
Language Russian

Film, Film, Film (Russian: Фильм, фильм, фильм) is a 1968 Soviet satirical animated short film directed by Fyodor Khitruk. [1]


Made as a parody of the Soviet movie industry, this nearly-silent pantomime tells a story of a film crew that faces various problems during the filmmaking process, from writing a screenplay, to pre-production (which includes dealing with bureaucratic officials), to the actual shooting of the movie.


A screenwriter tries to write a script with a typewriter, but tears it up several times. In a fit of desperation, he prepares to commit suicide (implied by his cigarette smoke forming a noose), but a winged Muse descends to him. He frantically completes the script before passing out. His friend, a film director, walks in and, after reading the script, wakes him up, enthusiastically praises him and offers to pitch the script to multiple production companies.

The two pitch the script to the companies in a labyrinthine office building, where the script gets stamped with various criticisms. The two shorten the text, then add the text back, before the director finally manages to approve the script behind the door with the grandest design. The film director goes to the film studio and begins to gather the film crew: the art director, the cinematographer, the composer, the sound engineer, the assistant director, the actors, workers, and others, while the screenwriter stays behind in the central city.

Filming begins on the film, a war epic. The director and crew encounter numerous difficulties: the necessary props are absent, the weather is bad, the child actor is disobedient, and the production repeatedly runs over budget. To top it off, near the end of shooting, the authorities reject the end of the film, the protagonist’s violent death, as too gloomy. The ending is urgently rewritten and reshot. At the premiere, after a tense wait where the director walks up the walls and screenwriter contemplates suicide again, the entire film crew, hearing applause from the audience, weeps with happiness.

The movie begins and ends with a song: "So many jobs that call, // but film is best of all. // Once you're involved with it // Happiness guaranteed". [2]


Director Fyodor Khitruk
ScreenwritersVladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk
Art Director Vladimir Zuykov
Art Director's Assistant Eduard Nazarov
Composers Aleksandr Zatsepin, Yevgeny Krylatov
CinematographerBoris Kotov
Sound DirectorGeorgy Martyniuk
Animators Gennady Sokolsky, Violetta Kolesnikova, Igor Podgorskiy, Maria Motruk, Marina Voskanyants, Leonid Kayukov
ArtistsV. Gilyarova, O. Vorobyova, Tatiana Kazantseva, Sophia Mitrofanova, Natalia Tanner, Alexei Solovyov, Tatiana Sokolskaya
Voice Actors Aleksei Polevoy, Georgy Vitsin
Main music theme Sokol (music)
Vyacheslav Dobrynin, Valentin Vitebskiy and Leonid Berger (vocal)

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