The story begins in a hospital somewhere in Rome, Italy, where an elderly lady, originally an immigrant from Russia, is living through her final moments. With her last breath, she tells her granddaughter, Olga, that despite being of seemingly poor origin, she actually belongs to a rich aristocratic bloodline. Whilst fleeing the Red Terror, a series of repressions targeting aristocracy (victims are historically referred to as former people), she was forced to leave her family's treasures, a total of 9 billion Italian lire, in Russia, Leningrad (at the time called Petrograd, today referred to as Saint Petersburg), "underneath a lion", which at first glance seems to imply that the landmark of importance is a lion statue (ironically, the city is notorious for having an overwhelming amount of lion statues).
Rating: 7.8/10
Release year: 1974
Country: USSR
Genre: Adventure Comedy Classic
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
Starring: Andrey Mironov, Ninetto Davoli, Antonia Santilli
Sovietmovies subtitles: N/A
Youtube subtitles: English