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The Red Snowball Tree (1974)
"Kalina krasnaya" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Lidiya Fedoseeva-Shukshina ...
Lyuba Baykalova
Vasiliy Shukshin ...
Egor
Ivan Ryzhov ...
Lyuba's Father
Mariya Skvortsova ...
Lyuba's Mother
Aleksey Vanin ...
Pyotr (as A. Vanin)
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Zoya
Olga Bystrova ...
Egor's Mother
Lev Durov ...
Sergey Mikhalytch
Nikolay Grabbe ...
Prison Governor
Georgiy Burkov ...
Gangster Guboshlep
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iya Arepina ...
Egor's sister
Aleksey Bakhar
Tatyana Gavrilova ...
Lusyen
Anatoli Gorbenko ...
Mikola Baykalov
Natalya Gvozdikova ...
Post office clerk
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The Red Snowball Tree-A Vasily Shukshin film which shows that some people do not want to see other people happy.
23 January 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

The most unique thing about "Kalina Krasnaya" is that it is absolutely true to itself. Everything about it whether it is costume, decor or pastoral setting is truly authentic. The people shown in this film are simple but they do not hesitate in showing their maliciousness towards a person who had a shady past. This proves the point that human society is cruel with wicked people. While watching Egor's suffering one wonders whether there is any such thing as a reformed criminal as society does not give any second chance to criminals. In the 1980s and 1990s,Russian cinema was largely known due to films made during 'Glasnost' and 'Perestroika' times, Kalina Krasnaya was much ahead of its times as it spoke about holidays and brothels which were alien concepts for Russian cinema in 1970s. The Red Snowball Tree/Kalina Krasnaya is an important film in the history of Russian cinema. It was the last film made by Vasily Shukshin in 1974 both as an actor as well as director. For countless people in the world who are aware of the richness of Russian culture and civilization, the name of Vasily Shukshin is easily recognized as one of Russian cinema's greatest actors. Kalina Krasnaya impresses viewers with excellent acting performances. Apart from his own role as an actor, Vasily Shukshin has managed to extract excellent performances from leading actors such as Lidiya Fedoseyeva-Shukshina and Georgi Burkov.


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