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Film, Film, Film is a Soviet animated film (1968) directed by Fyodor Khitruk which chronicles the creation of a movie from the writing of a script to the premiere.

It can be seen on YouTube with English subtitles.


  • Affectionate Parody: Of movie-making in general.
  • Alien Geometries: the movie studio looks trippy.
  • Camera Tricks: The cameraman is quite fond of these. The first time we see him, he is filming a fish bowl while upside down. Later, we see him filming a horse chase, while being right under the stampede.
  • Development Hell: Parodied in-universe.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-universe example. The director will make as many takes as needed until the actors will get it just right, no matter how dangerous it is.
  • Driven to Suicide: The screenwriter, when we first see him, is fantasizing about hanging himself, imagining his cigarette smoke as a noose. During the film's premiere, he repeatedly tries to jump out the nearest window and is dragged back in by other members of the crew.
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  • Epic Film: Parodied. The characters are trying to produce a grandiose historical drama.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe example. It starts during pre-production with the director having to drop and rewrite entire pages of the script to get the movie approved by officials and continues during the production.
  • Facepalm: The director does this, when the Powers That Be make him retool a funeral scene into a wedding scene.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The piece of the storyboard we see during the funeral/wedding scene contains names of the movie's apparent protagonist and his bride: Nikita and Natalya.
  • Gag Boobs: Clapperboard lady.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Or another dose of tranquilizers, in the director's case.
  • Lighter and Softer: In-universe. After Executive Meddling kicks in, the director is forced to reshoot an "overly depressing" funeral and mourning scene as a bright and joyful wedding scene.
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  • The Muse: She comes and goes to the scriptwriter as she pleases.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: invoked The animals aren't a problem, except that the animal handlers accidentally bring a lion instead of a cow. The little girl seems to have been the biggest challenge during the production.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The director in the short looks suspiciously like Sergei Eisenstein (even if Khitruk himself says that the director was modeled after another person), and the movie they're filming looks too much like a certain historical flick set in medieval Russia.
  • Primadonna Director: Played with and parodied. The director may be an easily-angered dictatorial perfectionist, but he also really loves his job and has to endure a lot of pressure from the studio.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Lampshaded in the short. They have to use a water hose to film a rain scene, and when the real rain starts they stop shooting.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Appears briefly when the director and the screenwriter are running around the studio offices, trying to get the screenplay approved.
  • Speaking Simlish: The entire cast.
  • Special Effects Failure: Played for Laughs in-universe.
  • Thunder = Downpour
  • Troubled Production: Also Played for Laughs in-universe.
  • When It Rains, It Pours
  • Weird Sun: A bright red one.
  • Writer's Block: The scriptwriter suffers from one, but is saved by a muse.
  • Writers Suck: The writer is a suicidal neurotic mess, and one can see why.


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