Happiness

Happiness (Schastye)
Director: Alexander Medvedkin, 1935.
USSR, 63 minutes.
Russian with English subtitles.

A Soviet slapstick comedy set immediately before and after the October Revolution, Happiness follows a peasant farmer tasked by his wife to return with happiness lest he lead a life of toil and strife, dying unfulfilled. Of course, this is no American slapstick filled with get-rich-quick schemes, happiness is achieved through collective work in Medvedkin's world. Or, it should be. An interesting curio of Stalinist film seemingly swiping a few pages from the style manual of American filmmaking.