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The Irony of Soviet Modernism

How a 1975 blockbuster satirized the spread of a typical high-rise.

Still from The Irony of Fate (1975) by Eldar Ryazanov.

If you ask anyone who grew up in a Russian-speaking household they would tell you that the most famous Soviet movie isn’t anything by Sergei Eisenstein or Andrei Tarkovsky, but instead a two-part romcom. Eldar Ryazanov’s 1975 blockbuster, The Irony of Fate (or Enjoy Your Bath!), has a plot that hinges on the uniformity of […]

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