In the Nineteenth Century, at the seaside resort of Yalta, the upper class Dimitri Gurov from Moscow meets Anna Sergeyovna walking with her little dog. Both have unhappy marriages: Dimitri ... See full summary »
Two young scientists are exploring new fields of nuclear physics. Dmitry Gusev and Ilya Kulikov are good friends, but rivals in love. Dmitry marries Lyolya and they live happily together. ... See full summary »
Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »
The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". Set in Crimea, Constantinopol and ... See full summary »
The film is set in St. Petersburg, Russia after the Russian revolution of 1917. Based on the eponymous book by Boris Lavrenev. Maj. General Yevgeni Pavlovich Adamov (Popov) was a lawyer in ... See full summary »
Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »
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"Shinel" is adapted from Nikolai Gogol's story about Akaki Akakievich (literally translated, that comes out as "without evil without evil-son), who always has the worst luck in the world. Stuck in a dead-end job with an abusive boss and co-workers, nothing ever works out for him. His apartment looks like something out of a Jean-Paul Sartre play.
This certainly is a good adaptation, although you may feel tempted to throw out "MST3K"-style comments at it, due to the movie's overstuffed sense of itself. I jokingly called the character an Arte Johnson lookalike, although it's only actor Rolan Bykov who looks like Arte Johnson. All in all, this is a good movie, with a real classic feeling of Russian fatalism.
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