Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession (Иван Васильевич меняет профессию / Ivan Vasilyevich menyayet professiyu) is a 1973 Soviet sci-fi film directed by Leonid Gaidai. Overseas the film is also sometimes titled, Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future.
The film is based on the Mikhail Bulgakov play, Ivan Vasilyevich . It tells the story of an inventor who creates a time machine that opens a portal to the 16th century. He then accidentally swaps his apartment building manger, Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, with his namesake and doppelganger, Tsar Ivan the Terrible. Laugh follows laugh, as a bumbling Soviet building manager and the angry Tsar swap roles.
Ivan Vasilyevich is one of the most popular and recognized Soviet films of all time. It achieved 60 million Soviet box office ticket sales, making it one of the top 20 most successful Soviet movies.
You’ll like this film if you enjoy any of Leonid Gaidai’s other comedies. You’ll also recognize many actors from the rest of his movies, including Shurik (Aleksandr Demyanenko) from Operation Y as the inventor.
There are two great songs from Ivan Vasilyevich: The January Blizzard Rings (Звенит Январская вьюга / Zvenit yanvarskaya vyuga) and Sudden Happiness (Счастье вдруг / Schast’ye vdrug). You can listen to The January Blizzard Rings here and to Sudden Happiness here.