Shinel (1959)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Heaven-Can-Wait Fantasies, Period Film  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Adapted from a story by Nikolai Gogol, Rolan Bykov plays Akakiy Akakiyevich, a civil servant whose purchase of a new overcoat results in a more active social calendar. On the way home from a party, his coat is stolen, and Akakiy dies of hypothermia; shortly thereafter, his ghost returns to Earth to steal the coats of St. Petersburg's most influential citizens.

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against-the-system, bureaucracy, death, ghost, hermit, office-worker, party, robbery, Russia