Screening and Discussion of Russian Comedy (with English Subtitles) 'Diamond Arm' with Dr. Benjamin Rifkin

One of Russians' most beloved film comedies, "Diamond Arm," was released in 1969 and directed by Leonid Gaidai.  The film walks the tightrope in satirizing some of the complexities of Soviet life without offending Soviet cultural authorities. In many ways, the film's humor, remains relevant today, well after the collapse of the USSR.

Dr. Benjamin Rifkin, Professor of Russian, will give remarks before the screening of the film (with English Subtitles) to help orient viewers to some specifics of Soviet life that are lampooned in the film as well as to some of the kinds of comedy manifested in the film.

We'll watch the film (which is about 1 hour and 40 minutes long) on youtube at this link:

After the film, we'll reconvene on Zoom for post-screening Q&A and discussion with Dr. Rifkin.

This film would probably be rated PG-13 in the American Motion Picture rating system. There are romantic scenes, but no nudity and no sexual content.  There is violence typical of slapstick comedies of the 60s and 70s and the villains do intend to do physical harm to the hero, but none is shown on the screen. There are references to the existence of profanities, but no profanities are uttered in the film.  In one scene, there is an allusion to the existence of prostitution.


Advance registration required. Please register by March 18 by using the RSVP for this Event link.

Saturday, March 20, 2021





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Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


Benjamin Rifkin

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