How to become a Russian (1992)

Documentary №39990, 3 parts, duration: 0:27:49
Production: Sverdlovsk newsreel studio
Camera operators:Yarmoshenko



The main character of the film plays the accordion at railway stations for the living. He is well known to the police. Being a Jew, he dreams of changing his nationality.

Reel №1

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Yakov Smolkin is getting dressed in the room.

Smolkin's wife, Tatyana Smetanina, is reading a newspaper in the kitchen.

Smolkin plays the accordion, there are records on the bed in the room, a record player with a record on the windowsill.

The REGISTRY office, the queue.

People are sitting on chairs in the corridor.

Smolkin and his wife are in the registry office, communicating with an employee, giving documents for verification.

The queue is in the corridor of the registry office.

Sverdlovsk, the station building, the station square, there are taxi cars.

Winter, station square - passengers, taxi drivers, pie sellers, cadets.

The waiting room of the railway station-Smolkin sings and plays the accordion, passers-by throw money into the hat.

Different shots with passengers, police officers are passing, a homeless man is sitting.

The police are dealing with Smolkin, forbid him to play inside the station, Smolkin is arguing, a crowd is gathering nearby.

Smolkin leaves accompanied by the police.

Workshop for the repair of musical instruments - the master checks the accordion.

Smolkin is talking to the master.

The master disassembles the accordion.

Panorama of the workshop.

Smolkin is sitting next to the master, holding an accordion in his hands, and begins to play.

A city street, a trolleybus is going, a panorama of the building of a five-story house.

Smolkin comes home, undresses, talks to his wife.

Locations: Sverdlovsk [876]

Seasons: Winter [823]

Reel №2

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Smolkin's wife hangs up her jacket in the corridor.

Smolkin is sitting on the bed and talking, talking about himself.

Smolkin's wife is in the kitchen, washing dishes.

Smolkin is sitting on the bed and talking, talking about himself.

Rental point.

There are skates of different sizes on the shelf, there are televisions.

Behind the counter - the receptionist of the rental point.

Smolkin plays the accordion, talks to the receptionist.

People enter the trolleybus.

Smolkin sings and plays the accordion in the trolleybus cabin, holds a hat for money in his hands.

The faces of the trolleybus passengers.

Smolkin smokes in the trolleybus cabin, talks to drunk passengers, plays the accordion for him.

The trolleybus goes through the evening city.

A black cat is walking in the snow.

Smolkin enters the entrance of the house.

Smolkin is in the apartment, lying in bed, arguing with his wife.

Panorama of Smolkin's room.

Smolkin smokes.

Large - the window in the room.

Reel №3

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Smolkin and his wife are walking down the street, he has a bag with an accordion in his hands, they go into the house of culture.

Amateur performance review.

The corridors are crowded with people, an elderly man is playing the accordion.

Smolkin and his wife go up the stairs, go into the room.

Smolkin is preparing for a performance.

The audience is in the hall, Smolkin goes on stage.

Smolkin with bayan on stage, communicates with the presenters.

Smolkin's wife is in the hall, smiling.

The performance begins, the audience claps.

Smolkin plays and sings together with another musician.

A woman is dancing on the stage.

The audience in the hall claps, smiles.

A woman rises to the stage, dances.

Smolkin's wife is in the hall.

Smolkin finishes his speech, communicates with the presenters, then leaves the stage for the auditorium.

Police department.

There are computers in the hall.

A police officer shows information about Smolkin on the computer.

On the monitor screen is a photo of Smolkin.

The foyer of the House of Culture-Smolkin dances to the accompaniment of accordion players.

Women are dancing in the lobby.

Smolkin hugs his wife.

Smolkin and his wife are in the apartment, sitting in the kitchen, having lunch.


The judge reads out the decision on the compulsory treatment of Smolkin.

Different photos of Smolkin in childhood, youth and youth.

Photos of Smolkin with his wife Tatiana.

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