Utomlennye solntsem (1994)
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- 135 min.
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Well, George Bailey, I'm afraid that this movie has a harder time transcending cultural boundaries... I find that a lot of Eastern Europeans love this movie and most Americans don't and I think that's because this movie is so grounded in its historical context - one really needs to know stuff about the Stalinist purges to understand what happens in this movie and especially all the back story that is talked about, as well as the cultural nuances and the ambivalence of the many characters: e.g. the great Soviet leader who permits his wife's many relatives to live in a sheltered bubble of pre-revolution nostalgia - they live in Chekhov's world, and if caught they would be sent to Siberia or even executed in the blink of an eye as enemies of the people, enemies of the revolution, etc.
This is one of the best Russian movies after the collapse of the USSR.
Well. I don't know almost nothing about Stalin and the whole russian part in the WWII :( I might rewatch it because that there was something wrong with me and not the film because there were some things that I loved about the film
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This movie ranks #34 in Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prix
This movie ranks #47 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film
This movie ranks #64 in Empire Russia's 100 Best Russian Films: Readers' Choice
This movie ranks #87 in Russian Guild of Film Critics's Best Russian Films
This movie ranks #198 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #225 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #483 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #942 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die