Bed and Sofa
(Lyubov vtroyom), (Three Sharing), (Triangle Love), (In the Cellars of Moscow), (Third Meshchanskaya Street)
Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.
Nikolai Batalov, Ludmila Semyonova, Vladimir Fogel,
One of the most delightful and outrageous early Soviet films, Bed and Sofa offers a surprisingly frank look at shifting values in a society still very much in transition. When Volodya moves to Moscow to look for work, he’s unable to find housing. So, he moves in with his old army buddy Kolya and Kolya’s wife Lyuda. But while Kolya is away on business, a romance emerges between Lyuda and Volodya. Remarkably daring, Bed and Sofa is beautifully realized, with wonderful performances by its ménage-à-trois that draw you into the complexity of the emotional situation.