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Whispering Pages (1994)

Tikhiye stranitsy (original title)
The existential protagonist is a hungry, homeless, socially isolated, and socially alienated young man living on the streets of an anonymous Russian big city in the 19th Century. He's ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Aleksandr Cherednik
Sergey Barkovskiy
Elizaveta Koroleva
Galina Nikulina
Olga Onishchenko
S. Toropov
S. Shurygin
V. Maslachkov
Valeri Kozinets
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The existential protagonist is a hungry, homeless, socially isolated, and socially alienated young man living on the streets of an anonymous Russian big city in the 19th Century. He's looking for answers about himself and the things that he sees around him, but he's coming up short. Very innovative cinematography that alternates between B&W and full color through the course of the film in a way that accents the dramatic action. Sometimes, a B&W scene will even become full color in just one spot on the screen, a unique alternative to a close up shot. Written by Joe Kulik-jkulik919@gmail.com

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Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1998) See more »

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Music and Paintings
Composed by Otmar Nussio
Conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (as G. Rozhdestvensky)
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Fragments of a gray underground world
30 March 2000 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

As the title of the film suggests,the texture of "Tikhie stranitsy"(or "Silent Pages")is like that of scattered papers,on which you can see only some fragments of possible stories or episodes from them. And characters of the film also look like letters or figures on 2-dimensional space,gradually disappearing in time,in wind and in rain,silently whispering... ,she "dark" hero of the film reminds Raskolinikov from "Crime and Punishment" and in fact this young man has conversations about Murder,God and Repentance with the "white" girl,reminding Sonya in the novel of F.Dostoevsky.But one can also notice Gogol's tone in other "pages". The Prosecutor in "gray",with his melancholy little eyes,seems not having a will to accuse the hero and may be only a lower official who only wants to buy a new coat. In fact,the pages of the film are not monochrome,they change very delicately their nuances of color to show the underground world of characters as a Middle zone between Heaven and Hell,where they will continue to wander around until some Sign of the salvation,as white birds flew from upon the water in the first scene, suddenly comes to them.


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