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The Red Snowball Tree (1974)

Kalina krasnaya (original title)
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Credited cast:
Lidiya Fedoseeva-Shukshina ...
Lyuba Baykalova (as Lidiya Fedoseyeva)
Vasiliy Shukshin ...
Yegor Prokudin
Ivan Ryzhov ...
otets Lyubi (as I. Ryzhov)
Mariya Skvortsova ...
maty Lyubi (as M. Skvorsova)
Aleksey Vanin ...
Pyotr (as A. Vanin)
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Zoya (as M. Vinogradova)
Olga Bystrova ...
maty Yegora (as O. Bystrova)
Lev Durov ...
Sergey Mikhailovich, ofitsiant (as L. Durov)
Nikolay Grabbe ...
Nachalnik kolonii (as N. Grabbe)
Georgiy Burkov ...
Guboshlyop (as G. Borkov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iya Arepina ...
sestra Yegora (as I. Arepina)
Tatyana Gavrilova ...
Lusyen (as T. Gavrilova)
Anatoli Gorbenko ...
Mikola Baykalov (as A. Gorbenko)
Natalya Gvozdikova ...
Telefonista (as N. Gvozdikova)
Vadim Kondratev ...
priyatel Koli (as V. Kondratev)
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A powerful film that embodies Shukshin's legacy

This film is just a knockout punch. The lead is played by Shukshin himself. His character is a wiry ex-con Egor trying hard to keep himself in line. The setting is Shukshin's milieu of choice - faraway Russian (Altay) villages. Basically, the kind of places where you could get beat up for using the word "milieu." The story relates the attempts by Egor to stay clear of trouble and to make a new life for himself. But there's no new life to be had, of course. It's a tragedy but you know early on where it's headed. In the meantime, though, Shukshin is absolutely electrifying. His language, his mannerisms transcend mere acting. Here's a Man, an original. He doesn't need The Method. And I can't even reduce this story to some simple indictment of Soviet life. Politics do not create lasting art. This film is about being on the outside, about being an honest animal. That's a tragic path in any society.


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