Forgotten Melody for a Flute

Forgotten Melody for a Flute (Russian: Забытая мелодия для флейты, romanizedZabytaya melodiya dlya fleyty) is a 1987 Russian comedy film directed by Eldar Ryazanov. The film's plot is based on the stage play of the same name written by Ryazanov and Emil Braginsky.

Forgotten Melody for a Flute
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Directed byEldar Ryazanov
Written byEmil Braginsky (play and screenplay)
Eldar Ryazanov (play and screenplay)
StarringLeonid Filatov
Tatyana Dogileva
Irina Kupchenko
Valentin Gaft
Vsevolod Sanayev
Olga Volkova
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
134 minutes


It tells the story of a former musician who must make a hard choice between freedom with his mistress and a comfortable life with his wife. Previously, he was a student of a conservatory and a good flute player and now is the husband of an important man's daughter. Himself he is the head of one of the units of the Main Directorate. One day Leonid Semenovich Filimonov feels a physical discomfort; his heart aches, and he is not even forty years old. This unpleasant incident provides an opportunity to get acquainted with Lida – a young nurse from the departmental clinic which becomes a start of a whirlwind romance.


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