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I Am Twenty (1965)

Mne dvadtsat let (original title)
Russia's answer to the French New Wave - following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against the harsh realities of ... See full summary »

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Valentin Popov ...
Sergei Zhuravlyov
Nikolay Gubenko ...
Nikolai Fokin
Stanislav Lyubshin ...
Slava Kostikov
Marianna Vertinskaya ...
Anya
Zinaida Zinovyeva ...
Olga Mikhailovna Zhuravlyova
Svetlana Starikova ...
Vera Zhuravlyova
Lev Prygunov ...
Second Lieutenant Aleksandr Zhuravlyov
T. Bogdanova ...
Lyusya Kostikova
Lyudmila Selyanskaya ...
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Aleksandr Blinov ...
Kuzmich (as Sasha Blinov)
Lev Zolotukhin ...
Anya's Father
Pyotr Shcherbakov ...
Chernousov
Gennadi Nekrasov ...
Vladimir Vasilyevich
Nikolai Zakharchenko ...
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'Turnip' Jerk Guest at Anya's Party (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
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Russia's answer to the French New Wave - following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against the harsh realities of everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union. (Russian with English subtitles).

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18 January 1965 (Soviet Union)  »

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stunning
7 June 2011 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Man, those Russkies sure know their way around a camera. I've come to expect great cinematography from Soviet cinema, but this is the finest I've seen in quite a while. I could make a picture book out of screenshots from this movie, but even that wouldn't capture all the magnificent movement, such gracefully choreographed tracking shots. The movie has a visual energy that captures the hustle and bustle of Moscow, particularly from the perspective of youth. But it also beautifully highlights the quiet moments of the wee hours of the morning. It's gorgeous, breathtaking, exciting photography. And the soundtrack has a lot to offer as well, with interior monologues, heightened sound design, and the use of contemporary tunes (including American rock and French pop), folk songs, classical and moody ambient music. I haven't even gotten to the substance of the film yet. The story follows a young man and his two pals, trying to find their place in life. The narrative has a freewheeling new wave vibe to it, accentuating individual moments rather than grand dramatic arcs. These are the lives of youths unsure of how to live or what to live for, a generation with many left fatherless by the war. Although a rather long film, I can't think of anything that felt superfluous, every scene had its own insights or charms. I'm tempted to give this film a 10, but I'd like to have a second viewing before I jump the gun. It definitely made an impression on me.


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