Best Russian comedy The Diamond Arm was filmed 45 years ago and is considered cult Russian film. The 1968 Soviet comedy film by a genius director Leonid Gaidai has entered the history of the twentieth century cinema. The ease and clarity of the film has made it a popular hit. In the era of socialism, this film was a real masterpiece, which many people watched several times. The main roles were played by Soviet film stars Anatoly Papanov, Andrey Mironov, Nonna Mordyukova and Svetlana Svetlichnaya so brilliantly, that their phrases have been still remembered and quoted by Russian people. The film songs became hits immediately, hits at all times. The great movie that you can watch many times and every time you will never be disappointed, because the quality of the film is so high, that so far nobody has been able to do a comedy better.
This is a common story of ordinary criminals who smuggled diamonds through a border. The main character – Semen Semenovich, the victim of smugglers solves problems with diamonds hidden in the cast on his arm. This film is completely disassembled for quotes.
The main scenes of the movie were filmed in Baku (instead of overseas Turkey) and Sochi. A gun that police captain handed to Gorbunkov – “Beretta” model 1934. To the film group “The Diamond Arm” at all times had been assigned KGB captain. Before the shooting the script went through all the circles of censorship. Here are just some of the requirements of censors. To make role of the police more prominent (which, they said, was too passive), to reduce the episode at a restaurant with honoring Chef, remove the scene with pioneers who congratulate him, remove replica “And you know, I would not be surprised if tomorrow turns out that your husband is secretly visiting the synagogue”, the last word was changed to “mistress”.
In the film starred the whole family of Nikulin – wife Tatiana played tour guide, his son Maxim – a boy who “walked on water.” The film’s director Leonid Gaidai appears in the film three times, including the role of a drunken man, who takes the police to the scene.
Actress Svetlana Svetlichnaya for the first time in the history of Soviet cinema showed a sensual striptease on the screen. But on the orders of film superiors frames with a striptease while showing on television were ruthlessly cut.