Well, who does not remember this famous: "Everything that I gained by back-breaking labor, nevertheless died: two tape recorders were stolen ..." and so on. I think each of us will accurately quote Shpak in part of the list of stolen goods.
According to the concept of the film, the neighbor of engineer Timofeev is a very rich man and his apartment is "full of bowl". Hence the very lucrative profession of dentist. With the requisites, personifying the wealth of the apartment, they decided simply: more imported things.
Here's what a wealthy Soviet citizen would buy:
carpets, vases, figurines, paintings, antique furniture
As a well-known character said: "all the signs of bourgeois comfort." To complete the picture and the technique in the apartment must be appropriate: a movie camera is required,
yes, not simple, but foreign: Bolex S1 + Variogon1964 release. Perhaps even the owner will only use the movie camera once - it was painfully troublesome to create a video library on film.
Next, the dream of the early 70s color TV
though there was no foreign TV, we managed to do it with domestic "Ruby 401". The main advantage of the TV is that no thief Miloslavsky will take it away. The TV weighs 65 kg!
In contrast, the inventor, engineer Timofeev, was supplied with a modest black-and-white TV. "Ruby 106".
Ironically, 6 years earlier, this TV personified the wealth of a great official of the USSR - comrade Saakhov in the film "Prisoner of the Caucasus"
Shpak's telephone set is also foreign-Polish
Well, we smoothly approached the main characters of the list of stolen goods - foreign tape recorders. The most "squeak" of the early 70s was to get a cassette recorder. In the USSR, they only began to be produced in 1969, and the foreign market was still far from saturation. That's why Philips EL 3302 was supposed to fully emphasize the status of Shpak.
Let's say right away that cassette recorders of the late 60s differed little in sound quality from dictaphones, so this is far from a music lover's dream.
However, the coolest cassette player had a significant drawback for the film: according to the script, the tape recorder turns on when Ivan the Terrible sits on it. At the tape recorder Philips EL 3302 you cannot turn on playback by pressing the priests: switching between operating modes is carried out not with buttons, but with a lever in different directionsNational RQ-158s.
The tape recorder is foreign and cool, but with what quality did it reproduce the music? The picture is very sad there. The tape recorder has two speeds: 9.52 cm / s and 4.76 cm / s. At a speed of 9.52 cm / sec, the reproducible frequency band is 120-8000 Hz, and at a lower speed, a pitiful 120-5000 Hz. To be clear, this is practically the speech quality on a wired phone.
For comparison: Soviet portable reel-to-reel tape recorder Dolphin-301 of the same years reproduced the band 63-12500 Hz.
The reason for such a low quality of the Japanese is in the most simplified scheme:
Due to this, production costs and sales prices are lower. So the cunning Japanese churned them out in millions, flooding the markets of Europe and America.
It turns out that the honest Soviet worker Shpak, earning a penny with backbreaking work, was deceived by speculators - radishes. They probably ripped off at least a triple price, for a foreign toy with dubious playback quality.
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