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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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(as Nikita Michalkov)

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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 ...
Sua moglie
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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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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ojos negros  »

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$2,201,428 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Raucous reception at Sisoev.
24 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many wondrous qualities to this movie, especially the performance of Marcello Mastroianni. I only want to mention one scene, my favorite. It occurs when Romano (Mastroianni) arrives by train in the Russian village of Sisoev where he is to set up a glass factory.

Upon de-training all he sees is a peasant woman with a cow. Suddenly, on the other side of the tracks a band plays. Romano walks across the welcome-carpet to a crowd of townspeople giving him a raucous reception. Actually folks here want the factory for themselves . The Italian is offered Russian bread to sample. Young girls bear doves and present the man with wreaths. The mayor recites a poem and gives a welcome speech. A medal is bestowed. Kisses galore are planted.

Singers and balalaika players appear. Caviar and lethal vodka is thrust upon the man, who is barely able to cope with its potency. It's a distillation (pun intended) of Russian-ness which overwhelms the guest as he is conducted by carriage to his hotel and carried in, tired and soused, later muttering "Sabatchka," the name of the little dog belonging to Anna, the Russian girl that has aroused his passion. Great, great!


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