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Dead Man's Letters (1986)
"Pisma myortvogo cheloveka" (original title)

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The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow human spirit ... See full summary »

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Rolan Bykov ...
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Iosif Ryklin
Viktor Mikhaylov
Aleksandr Sabinin
Nora Gryakalova
Vera Mayorova
Vatslav Dvorzhetsky
Svetlana Smirnova
Nikolai Alkanov
Vadim Lobanov
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The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow human spirit still sees somewhere the dim light of a new and better future. The next generation starts the walk towards a new life. Written by Jens Bertheau <bertheau@mi-lab.fh-furtwangen.de>

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September 1986 (Soviet Union)  »

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Cartas de un hombre muerto  »

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The filmmakers took great care to continuously remind their viewers that what they're seeing is not happening in the Soviet Union. To ensure this, a lot of foreign items have been placed in the backgrounds which surely immediately caught the eye of the contemporary viewer. There is not a single object with Cyrillic letters, but there are plenty with English ones. Many items are Western consumer goods which were rare in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Particular examples are beer cans and a bottle of Jagermeister on a desk. The weapons the soldiers wield are also not even resembling Soviet rifles which would've been familiar to all viewers who completed their military services. They look more like a strange "crossbreed" of American M-16 and M-1 rifles. The vehicle the soldiers are using is a MAZ missile trailer truck, but the same vehicle was also built for the civilian market and sold to many countries. The helicopter that shows up in one of the scenes is a Kamov Ka-26 which was never used by the Soviet military (and in fact only one Warsaw Pact country did, Hungary). The hovercraft that is seen turning and leaving is also not a (known) military vehicle, but anyone in the 1980s should've associated the image with the air-cushion ferries on the English Channel which were a famous and novel technical achievement at the time. See more »

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Requires an effort to watch....but you will never regret it.
20 January 2006 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is quite an obscure picture, even by Russian standards... It is dark (literally), morbid, disturbing at times... It requires quite an effort to watch. But it is one of those quite numerous Russian films that leave a deepest impression on the viewers by making them THINK. It is one of those brilliant "what if.." ponderings, never really giving you a final answer, or even if suggesting anything, leaving it open for the viewers to make their own conclusions. Perfectly cast (faces DO match the setting!), perfectly performed, and even the "special effects" - something Russian film-makers never have money or enthusiasm for - look quite convincing for their time. It IS hard to watch, and one probably has to be in a certain mood to watch it (I'd recommend watching it alone), but it is worthwhile experience and you will never regret it.


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