Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
"Moskva slezam ne verit" (original title)

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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Alentova ...
Katerina 'Katia' Tikhomirova
Irina Muravyova ...
Lyudmila Gurina
Aleksey Batalov ...
Georgi 'Gosha'
Raisa Ryazanova ...
Aleksandr Fatyushin ...
Sergei 'Serioja' Gurin
Boris Smorchkov ...
Viktor Uralskiy ...
Nikolai's Father
Valentina Ushakova ...
Nikolai's Mother
Yuriy Vasilev ...
Rodion 'Rudolph' Rachkov
Yevgeniya Khanayeva ...
Rachkov's Mother
Zoya Fyodorova ...
Hostel's Security
Natalya Vavilova ...
Alexandra Alexandrovna - Katia's daughter
Liya Akhedzhakova ...
Olga Pavlovna - the Club's Director
Oleg Tabakov ...
Vladimir 'Volodia' - Katerina's Lover
Vladimir Basov ...
Anton Kruglov


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11 February 1980 (Soviet Union)  »

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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ronald Reagan watched the movie at least 8 times before meeting Gorbachev for the first time in order to "get to know the Russian soul better". See more »


Lyudmila Gurina: Don't cry.
Lyudmila Gurina: You know what Moscow thinks of tears.
Lyudmila Gurina: We shouldn't be sitting around, we should do something.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


Dialog u novogodney yolki
("A dialogue by a New-Year tree")
Written by Sergey Nikitin and Yuri Levitansky
Performed by Tatyana Nikitina and Sergey Nikitin
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What a great movie!
21 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most captivating love stories I've ever seen on film. It starts with a young woman (Katya, played by Vera Alentova) reporting to her Worker's Dormitory friends that she has flunked by two points the exam to get into university. It ends with the most incredible sweetness of life.

It is like a French film done by a Russian company (which is what it is). The Moscow we see that does not believe in tears does believe in love, and it is not a Moscow of politics, although some people do call one another "comrade." This is a woman's point of view film (a "chick flick") that transcends any genre cage. It begins slowly, almost painfully dull in a way that will remind the viewer of all the clichés about Russia, the unstylish dress, the worker's paradise that isn't, the sharp contrast between Moscow and the peasants who live outside the city. Katya works in a factory. She works at a drill press. She is obviously underemployed. Lyudmila (Irina Muravyova) works in a bakery. She is probably gainfully employed for the time and place. They are friends, twentysomethings who are on the make for a man, but not a man from the sticks. They pretend to be university post docs or something close to that and they impress some people as they house-sit a beautiful Moscow apartment.

This is how their adult life begins in a sense. Lyudmila falls in love with an athlete; Katya becomes infatuated with a television cameraman. One thing leads to another and before we know it they are forty. Neither relationship worked out. The athlete becomes an alcoholic, the cameraman, in the sway of his mother, believes that Katya is beneath him (once he finds out that she works in a factory). How wrong he is, of course.

But no more of the plot. I won't spoil it. The plot is important. The characterizations are important. The story is like a Russian novel in that it spans lots of time, but once you are engaged you will find that the two and a half hours fly by and you will, perhaps like me, say at the end "What a great movie!" My hat is off to director Vladimir Menshov and to Valentin Chernykh who wrote the script and to the cast. I've mentioned Vera Alentova and Irina Muravyova, but Aleksey Batlov who played Gosha was also excellent. I don't want to say anymore. Just watch the film. It is one of the best I've ever seen.

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