We Are from Jazz

We Are from Jazz (Russian: Мы из джаза, romanizedMy iz dzhaza) is a 1983 Soviet comedy musical film by Karen Shahnazarov.

We Are from Jazz
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A film poster
Directed byKaren Shahnazarov
Written byAleksandr Borodyansky
Karen Shahnazarov
Produced byKonstantin Forostenko
StarringIgor Sklyar
Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyorny
CinematographyVladimir Shevtsik
Edited byLidiya Milioti
Music byAnatoli Kroll (conductor)
Mark Minkov (composer)
Ella Zelentsova (sound)
Release date
  • 6 June 1983 (1983-06-06)
Running time
89 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


A student is expelled from music school because he loves jazz, and jazz at that time (the film depicts the 1920s) is the kind of music that represents American capitalism. He hires two street musicians to form a band, and goes from one city to another trying to gain fame.


Interesting factsEdit

  • The film was distribution leader in the USSR in 1983 with 17.1 million viewers.
  • The historical records of music of the 1920s were used in the filming.
  • The role of Kostya Ivanov was originally intended for Dmitry Kharatyan. Yevgeny Dvorzhetsky and Mikhail Shirvindt were also auditioned for the role.
  • Lyubov Polishchuk was auditioned for the role of Clementine.
  • Nikolai Yeremenko Jr. and Leonid Yarmolnik were auditioned for the role of Stepan.
  • The operator Vladimir Shevtsik sings for the role of Alexander Pankratov-Cherny in the film.
  • Larisa Dolina was in the fifth month of pregnancy during the filming.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Мы из джаза". kinopoisk.ru.
  2. ^ "We are from Jazz". vokrug.tv.

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