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Bed and Sofa

(Tretya meshchanskaya)
(Lyubov vtroyom), (Three Sharing), (Triangle Love), (In the Cellars of Moscow), (Third Meshchanskaya Street)

Digital Restoration

  • Lecture

    Anne Nesbet is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and film and media at UC Berkeley.

  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano

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.

Richard Peña
  • Abram Room
  • Viktor Shklovsky
  • Grigori Giber
  • Silent
  • English intertitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • Silent
  • 74 mins
  • MK2 and Lobster Films

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Bed and sofa (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Yvette Bíró, 1994

Bed and sofa (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1994

Psychological realism in early Soviet cinema: Bed and sofa (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Yvette Bíró, 1992

Bed and sofa (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar, Yvette Bíró, 1983

Soviet silent cinema : part 2 : 1926-1927 (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sonia Volochova, 1975

Tretja meschtschanskaja (program note), Internationales Forum des Jungen Films, Jay Leyda, 1972

The perils of overcrowding (review), Village Voice, Molly Haskell, 1972

Abram Room : Bed and sofa (program note), 1900

The men and the times behind "Third Meshchanskaya street" (article)

Films rediscovered : international cinema of the '20s (program note), Vissarion Djugashvili

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