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My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)

Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (original title)
Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

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Credited cast:
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Ivan Lapshin
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Natasha Adasova
Andrey Mironov ...
Khanin
Aleksey Zharkov ...
Okoshkin
Zinaida Adamovich ...
Patrikeyevna
Aleksandr Filippenko ...
Zanadvorov
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Valeriy Filonov ...
Pobuzhinskiy
Anatoly Slivnikov ...
Bychkov
Andrey Dudarenko ...
Kashin
Semyon Farada
Nina Usatova
Valeri Kuzin ...
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Lidiya Volkova
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Yuri Aroyan
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Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

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January 1985 (Soviet Union)  »

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This film was shot in the early 1980s, but was not released until the perestroika reforms because it took an ironic look at Soviet idealism. See more »

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reflections of the Soviet past
13 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A recollection from a Russian childhood becomes, in director Alexei Gherman's memory, a rambling fantasia of events in a small provincial town during the 1930s. The film is virtually plot less but rich in incidental detail, and like any nostalgic memory is oblique and selective, and often shadowed with a profound sense of regret. Viewers unfamiliar with Russian habits and history may be hard pressed to follow the director's near-documentary recreation of local events (spiced with occasional arcane, Fellini-esquire symbolism). What passes for a plot is allowed to develop in an offhand, almost inconsequential manner: an awkward love triangle shared by the title character (a local secret policeman) with a traveling actress and a journalist friend; a manhunt for an elusive criminal, and so forth. It's as if the characters were too personal for Gherman to see them become bogged down in a simple romance or conventional police procedural drama.


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