Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed (based on a story by F. Dostoevsky) (subtitles)

Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed (based on a story by F. Dostoevsky) (subtitles)

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Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed (Russian: Чужая жена и муж под кроватью, romanized: Chuzhaya zhena i muzh pod krovatyu) is a 1984 Soviet TV comedy film directed by Vitaly Melnikov. It is based on the 1848 story by Fyodor Dostoevsky of the same name.

The film is a vaudevillian story about a solid, venerable, jealous husband (Oleg Tabakov) searching for his frivolous wife (Marina Shimanskaya) winds up in someone else's apartment and finds himself under the bed of an unknown woman (Marina Neyolova) together with an unknown man (Stanislav Sadalsky) who is also there by accident.

"Another Man's Wife and a Husband Under the Bed" (Russian: Чужая жена и муж под кроватью, Chuzhaya zhena i muzh pod krovatyu) is an 1848 short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The story originated from two separate pieces: "Another Man's Wife" and "A Jealous Husband" (published in 1848 in the journal "Notes of the Fatherland"). In preparing the 1859 two-volume collected works, the writer combined both in one story — "Another Man’s Wife and a Husband Under the Bed". The first part only slightly changed certain lines, while the second part is more significantly altered.

In his story, Dostoevsky utilized some techniques of the vaudeville genre, in particular the construction of the dialogues, replete with puns. The title of the story, too, resembles popular titles of the vaudeville 1830-1840s (e.g., Fyodor Koni's 1834 "Husband in the Fire, While His Wife On a Visit"). Dostoevsky continued to use these techniques in future works (for example, in "Uncle's Dream"). Subsequently, Dostoevsky gave a different, deeply psychological interpretation of the theme of the deceived husband, in the story The Eternal Husband (1870).

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