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Credited cast:
Mikhail Ulyanov ...
Kim Yesenin, writer
Inna Churikova ...
Sasha Nikolaeva, museum guide
Stanislav Lyubshin ...
Gravedigger, dissident, Sasha's friend
Evgeniy Vesnik ...
Igor Paschin, writer
Yevgeniya Nechayeva ...
Maria Alexandrovna
Natalya Seleznyova ...
Svetlana, Yesenin's disciple
Sergey Nikonenko ...
Sinitsyn, policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
V. Asessorova
Vadim Fedulov ...
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G. Ilyina
K. Lazarev
N. Matveyeva
Z. Petrova
P. Roshchina
S. Titov
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A self-pitying but popular playwright drives to Vladimir to relax with a doting female student and another writer. He's convinced his writing is of no lasting value, but he still has an ego, about his work and his masculine appeal. He's drawn to a museum guide he sees on his first afternoon, and when she appears at dinner, he tries charm. She reads widely, knows his work, loved it once and now finds it trivial; and she says so. He's stung. The next day, they walk through a cemetery where she talks of a dead peasant's poems and he grabs an idea of hers as the theme for a new play. She remains indifferent; he's baffled. So that night he spies on her. All is revealed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Saw it 10 times
15 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Of the few Russian movies I have had the pleasure of seeing, this is the record-holder. I saw it more than ten times, partly to learn the language, but I remember being quite thrilled with it back in 1990. I like the gloomy mood and the artless artful cinematography.


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