‘Gentlemen of Fortune’ one of the best-known Soviet comedies of all time will be screened at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 21 at the Russian centre, Colombo.
This 1971 Soviet film directed by Aleksandr Seryj follows the story of an amiable kindergarten director named Troshkin who looks exactly like a criminal called Docent that has stolen Alexander the Great’s helmet at an archeological excavation. Docent and his gang are caught by police, but Docent is imprisoned in a different jail than his mates.
Since Troshkin looks identical to Docent, the police puts him in prison with the real criminals to get information about the stolen helmet. He must pretend to be the real felon Docent, so in order to be convincing, Troshkin, a well-educated and good-natured man, has to learn slang and manners of criminals.