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Oci ciornie (1987)

Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the ... See full summary »

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(story and screenplay) (as Alexandre Adabascian), (story and screenplay) (as Nikita Michalkov) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
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Romano
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Tina, Romano's Mistress
Elena Safonova ...
Anna Sergeyevna, Governor's Wife (as Elena Sofonova)
Pina Cei ...
Elisa's Mother
Vsevolod Larionov ...
Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)
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Il Governarore di Sisoiev (as Innochentij Smoktunovskj)
Roberto Herlitzka ...
L'Avvocato
Paolo Baroni ...
Manlio
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Sua Grazia
Yuri Bogatyryov ...
Il Maresciallo (as Jury Bogatiriov)
Dmitriy Zolotukhin ...
Konstantin (as Dimitri Zolothuchin)
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Elisa (Romano's Wife)
Jean-Pierre Bardos ...
Ospite sdraiato (as J. Pierre Bardos)
Nino Bignamini ...
L'acquirente
Maria Grazia Bon ...
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Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the clownish and superfluous Romano Patroni leaves his wife's opulent home to visit a spa where he falls in love with a Russian woman whose marriage is a horror. He pursues her into the Russian heartland and returns to Italy resolved to leave his wife and marry his love. His amazed and appreciative Russian listener then narrates a shorter story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Gypsy Lover  »

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$2,201,428 (USA)
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The Russian language version of the film (DVD) has the entire dialogue spoken as a voiceover by one single person. The dubbing is done by the writer and director of the film, Nikita Mikhalkov, himself. See more »

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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

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sublime Marcello Mastroianni
26 December 2002 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

I consider this movie a masterpiece. The performance of Marcello Mastroianni is simply sublime, one of the best I have ever seen from anyone, anywhere. Yes, the surface plot is about adultery, but the story is much more than that. I think this is a story about a man, an old man near the end of his life, looking back on his playboy, vagabond, good-for-nothing life, regretting it, but not knowing any other way to live. "Mother's lullaby and the Russian mist" is all he remembers about his own life, he says. Watch this old man cry, and it stirs you with all kinds of emotions and thoughts, makes you think about how you should live, that tragedy happens everyday, to every small man who must fend for himself and fail. You tell yourself you will never be like him, you pity him, disrespect him, despise him, but in the end you understand this man in the most profound sense. And you will never be able to forget that Russian mist either. Superb.


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