This friend keeps telling me how underrated later Soviet cinema is, that is outside of the acknowledged Tarkovsky. He's a thoughtful and confirmed anti-communist so I really should pay attention.
UPDATE: More information from my friend Jimmy:
"The clip is from 'Ivan Vasilievich Changes His Profession'. Like so many Soviet movies, it is extraordinary that the film was even made. It is based on a Bulgakov play, which was banned in the Soviet Union until 1965. The film itself was made in the early 1970s. The film is hilarious and incredibly subversive. It isn't terribly complimentary about the losers of the cold war."
UPDATE 2: There's a wikipedia entry that explains all. Sounds bizarre but potentially funny. I wonder if Lovefilm stock it?