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Gorod Zero (1989)

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An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this ... See full summary »

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Leonid Filatov ...
Aleksei Varakin
Oleg Basilashvili ...
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Vladimir Menshov ...
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Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ...
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Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
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Aleksei Zharkov ...
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Pyotr Shcherbakov ...
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Yuriy Sherstnyov ...
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Yelena Arzhanik ...
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Tatyana Khvostikova
Aleksandr Bespalyy
Yevgeni Zernov
Arkadi Ides
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An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this town everybody seems to be crazy (a secretary who works naked, a group of people take the engineer as a rock & roll player, etc) and, in addition, this man is witness of a suicide, so he is trapped inside the town. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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unknown little treasure
18 March 2004 | by (istanbul) – See all my reviews

An unknown little treasure of the Soviet cinema, based on the story of a man sent to a town where nothing seems real. Definitely a feast for lovers of true cinema, while slow at times, is an intriguing, minimalistic piece of work. In fact this slowness, added to the lack of music and dialog at parts, becomes a plus for the film in a strange way. The whole movie has a dreamlike, Eraserhead-ish atmosphere, so slyly given that you often feel like you're watching someone's dream on the screen.

I can't help but agree that, as one other reviewer has mentioned, there are quite a number of references to the Soviet way of life of the period, but naturally they may be hard to catch for everyone. Still, this does not detach the audience.

Certainly not for fans of hollywood crap, but movie fans who want to see something unique should see Zero City.


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