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''Hussar Ballad'' (''Гусарская баллада'') is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky. You can watch the film on [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/hussar-ballad-1962/ Russian Film Hub]].


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''Hussar Ballad'' (''Гусарская баллада'') is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky. You can watch the film on [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/hussar-ballad-1962/ Russian Film Hub]].

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''Hussar Ballad'' (''Гусарская баллада'') is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.

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''Hussar Ballad'' (''Гусарская баллада'') is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.
Ilyinsky. You can watch the film on [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/hussar-ballad-1962/ Russian Film Hub]].



"Hussar Ballad" (Гусарская баллада) is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.

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"Hussar Ballad" (Гусарская баллада) ''Hussar Ballad'' (''Гусарская баллада'') is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.

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* EekAMouse: After all her bravery in combat, after shooting French cavalrymen off their horses, Shura faints at the sight of a mouse.


* BookBurning: Shura sneaks into the French lines as a spy, wearing a French uniform. She finds a French regiment bivouacked in her family's mansion, with French officers chucking her father's books into the fire for warmth.

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* BookBurning: Shura sneaks into the French lines as a spy, wearing a French uniform. She finds a French regiment bivouacked in her family's mansion, with French officers chucking her father's uncle's books into the fire for warmth.

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* BookBurning: Shura sneaks into the French lines as a spy, wearing a French uniform. She finds a French regiment bivouacked in her family's mansion, with French officers chucking her father's books into the fire for warmth.

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* TimeSkip: A clever one. On a clear sunny day, we see the French army marching jauntily down a road. There's a closeup of a sign saying "To Moscow". Then a cut to that same sign, but in the dead of winter with snow everywhere. Then we see a much less jaunty French army marching in the opposite direction.


"Hussar Ballad" (Гусарская баллада) is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Eldar Ryazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.

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"Hussar Ballad" (Гусарская баллада) is a Soviet musical comedy from 1962. It was directed by Eldar Ryazanov Creator/EldarRyazanov and starred Larisa Golubkina, Yuri Yakovlev, and Igor Ilyinsky.


** ArtisticLicenseMilitary: while uniforms are mostly correct, they were originally intended for parades only; day-to-day uniforms were much less chic. Also, Rzhevsky, first meeting Shura, comments that her uniform makes her a Pavlograd hussar, while in reality she is dressed as Sumy hussar; and Rzhevsky is the guy who would know.

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** ArtisticLicenseMilitary: while uniforms are mostly correct, they were originally intended for parades only; day-to-day uniforms were much less chic. Also, Rzhevsky, first meeting Shura, comments that her uniform makes her a Pavlograd hussar, while in reality she is dressed as Sumy hussar; and Rzhevsky is the guy who would know.


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* BlingOfWar: Uniforms are mostly correct, but originally intended for parades only; day-to-day uniforms were considerably less chic.


* {{Badass}}: Not just Shura, who kicks some serious ass, but also Rzhevsky, who, once he gets into his zone of comfort (the army) proves to be a fierce fighter. His fellow officers are quite a fighters as well.

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* DuelToTheDeath: Shura and Rzhevsky. Amusingly, over a [[spoiler:woman, although Shura is absolutely straight.]]


However, this game ends quickly as the local governor arrives at the ball announcing that the war with France started. Rzhevsky, after saying a few ardent words about protecting one's motherland, leaves for the army, still not knowing he was played with. Shura, inspired by his words and wanting to prove herself on a battlefield, leaves shortly after. She successfully gets into the army, although not as a front line fighter, as she wanted, but as a messenger. Only much later she meets Rzhevsky again, purely by chance. She also meets Field Marshal Kutuzov (Ilyinsky)[[spoiler:, who, accidentally, uncovers her secret, but the situation forces him to keep his mouth shut]]. Finally, she [[spoiler:joins the colonel Vasiljev's guerrilla squadron and gets some real action]].

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However, this game ends quickly as the local governor arrives at the ball announcing that the war with France started. Rzhevsky, after saying a few ardent words about protecting one's motherland, leaves for the army, still not knowing he was played with. Shura, inspired by his words and wanting to prove herself on a battlefield, leaves shortly after. She successfully gets into the army, although not as a front line fighter, as she wanted, but as a messenger. Only much later she meets Rzhevsky again, purely by chance. She also meets Field Marshal Kutuzov (Ilyinsky)[[spoiler:, (Ilyinsky) who, accidentally, uncovers her secret, but the situation forces him to keep his mouth shut]]. shut. Finally, she [[spoiler:joins joins the colonel Vasiljev's guerrilla squadron and gets some real action]].
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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Shura. Her uniform starts as a costume for a masked ball, and later serves as a mean to get into army.

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Shura. Her uniform starts as a costume for a masked ball, and later serves as a mean to get into army.


* ExecutiveMeddling: Soviet higher-ups weren't happy that Ilyinsky, who mostly played in comedies, would portray such an iconic figure as Field Marshal Kutuzov, and tried to force the director to replace him.


* NumberTwo: Rzhevsky is this to colonel Vasiljev. He is Vasiljev's second in command, and, while not much of a strategist, successfully leads the squadron in a fight.


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* NumberTwo: Rzhevsky is this to colonel Vasiljev. He is Vasiljev's second in command, and, while not much of a strategist, successfully leads the squadron in a fight.


* TheDragon: Rzhevsky is this to colonel Vasiljev. He is Vasiljev's second in command, and, while not much of a strategist, successfully leads the squadron in a fight.

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* TheDragon: NumberTwo: Rzhevsky is this to colonel Vasiljev. He is Vasiljev's second in command, and, while not much of a strategist, successfully leads the squadron in a fight.

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