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8 September 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »
St. Petersburg, mid 19th century: the indolent, middle-aged Oblomov lives in a flat with his older servant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Oleg Tabakov ... Ilya Ilyich Oblomov
Yuri Bogatyryov ... Andrei Ivanovich Stoltz
Andrei Popov ... Zakhar
Elena Solovey ... Olga
Avangard Leontev ... Alexeyev
Andrei Razumovsky ... Ilya as a child
Oleg Kozlov ... Stoltz as a child
Yelena Kleshchevskaya ... Katya (as Ye. Kleshchevskaya)
Galina Shostko ... Olga's aunt (as G. Shostko)
Gleb Strizhenov ... The Baron (as G. Strizhenov)
Evgeniy Steblov ... Oblomov's father (as Ye. Steblov)
Evgeniya Glushenko ... Oblomov's mother (as Ye. Glushenko)
Nikolai Pastukhov ... Stoltz's father (as N. Pastukhov)
Oleg Basilashvili (as O. Basilashvili)
Ruslan Akhmetov (as R. Akhmetov)
Leonid Kharitonov (as L. Kharitonov)
Viktor Gogolev (as V. Gogolev)
Lyubov Sokolova (as L. Sokolova)
Nonna Terentyeva (as N. Terentyeva)
Igor Kashintsev (as I. Kashintsev)
Nikolay Burlyaev (as N. Burlyaev)
Pavel Kadochnikov (as N. Kadochnikov)
Aleksandr Ovchinnikov (as A. Ovchinnikov)
N. Tengayev
Vera Novikova (as V. Novikova)
Ernst Romanov (as E. Romanov)
Mikhail Dorofeev (as M. Dorofeyev)
Nikolay Gorlov
K. Mikhajlova
Fyodor Stukov (as Fedya Stukov)
Anatoliy Romashin ... Narrator (voice) (as A. Romashin)

Directed by
Nikita Mikhalkov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Adabashyan  screenplay (as A. Adabashyan)
Ivan Goncharov  novel "Oblomov"
Nikita Mikhalkov  screenplay (as N. Mikhalkov)

Original Music by
Eduard Artemev  (as E. Artemev)
Cinematography by
Pavel Lebeshev 
Film Editing by
Eleonora Praksina  (as E. Praksina)
Production Design by
Aleksandr Adabashyan 
Aleksandr Samulekin 
Costume Design by
Maya Abar-Baranovskaya  (as M. Abar-Baranovskaya)
Makeup Department
N. Minayeva .... makeup artist
Production Management
V. Fridman .... production manager
Willie Geller .... production manager (as Willi Geller)
Sound Department
Valentin Bobrovsky .... sound engineer (as V. Bobrovsky)
Special Effects by
Yu. Chekmaryov .... special effects coordinator
D. Pletnikov .... special effects operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduard Gimpel .... camera operator (as E. Gimpel)
B. Yelyan .... camera operator
Music Department
Yuri Serebryakov .... conductor (as Yu. Serebryakov)
Other crew
O. Kozlova .... script supervisor
M. Mertsalova .... consultant
I. Sautov .... consultant
L. Svobodin .... literary consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Neskolko dney iz zhizni I.I. Oblomova" - Soviet Union (original title)
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140 min
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful literature film version of Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov, 10 April 2006
Author: LobotomyKid from Cyberspace

Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomov is a classic of Russian literature and a true masterpiece. It's a sociocritical and philosophical work and it anticipates the formation of the Russian revolution by showing the apathy, phlegm and decadence of the impoverished Russian (landed)gentry at the end of 19th century. The main character Oblomov is a very lovable yet weak-willed and frail nobleman. He lives in St.Petersburg and lives off the income of his manor which is far away and run-down. For days Oblomov just stays in his bed, thinking and lamenting about all the things he should do but his lethargy prevents him from taking care of these problems. He reflects on hectic daily life and what is important, the meaning of life. His counterpart is his best friend Stolz, a German. Stolz is vibrant, fun-loving and burning for action and he tries to pull out Oblomov from his lethargy but it's a very hard task. One day Oblomov falls in love... The book was written in the tradition of new realism in Russian literature, like Tolstoi, Dostojewski or Turgenjew. The interpretation of the story varies a lot between then and nowadays and critics are still arguing what Goncharov's real intention was. Many people see the novel as a swan song on Russian class society and tsardom; and it is essentially a Fin de Siècle novel. Oblomov is like the representative of a class that has outlived itself, a dinosaur of Russian nobility. It's not a coincidence that Stolz is German, he's a symbol for the modernistic and educational ideas that came from the West at that time. I agree with this interpretation on the whole, looking at the novel in the context when it was written. The novel was published in 1858, that was only 3 years before the official abolition of serfdom trough Alexander I, the beginning of extended reforms which couldn't prevent the progression of the coming revolution as we know today. Lenin later spoke at a party convention about "Oblomovism" in reference of the overthrown system, threatening that the days of Oblomovism are over. You'll even find this term today in Russian thesaurus. The other interpretation is that today many celebrate Oblomov as an icon of refusal and idleness and point out the more philosophical aspects of the story. In the days of globalisation and people worshipping "shareholder value" and the mighty dollar, Oblomov can indeed be seen as the hero of all deniers. Many of his thoughts in the novel are universal and pose questions to us that are more up to date then ever before it seems. The movie captures the essence of the story in a great way and is free of any Soviet propaganda influence you might detect in similar films; it's very accurate to the original work and one of the best literature film versions I've ever seen. The cast is wonderful, the cinematography is top notch and fits the moods of the story perfectly, sometimes dreamy (in the great outdoor scenes), sometimes realistic. Oblomov's character comes over every bit as lovable, melancholic and pensive as he is portrayed in the book. The end is a little abrupt and an important part of the story is missing. That's a pity and the reason I give this film 8 instead of 10 points; I wonder if the director encountered some problems there or if their budget was cut short for any reason. Who knows. Check this movie out, it will be hard to find I guess but it's a great work and a refreshing change when one is only used to modern films. Of course this gem should be watched in cinema and I still hope that my local art cinema will someday organise a Nikita Mikhalkov retrospective so I get the chance to see it on the big screen.

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