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Zivot a neobycejna dobrodruzstvi vojaka Ivana Conkina (1994)

Set in a small Ukrainian village during the outbreak of war with Germany in 1941 Private Chonkin, not overly endowed with intelligence, is left to guard a downed military aircraft. The ... See full summary »

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Gennadiy Nazarov ...
Zoya Buryak ...
Njura
Vladimir Ilin ...
Golubev
Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
Kilin
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Gladisev
Yuriy Dubrovin ...
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Zinoviy Gerdt ...
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Opalikov
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Granny Dunia
Tatyana Gerbachevskaya ...
Afrodita
Lyubov Rudneva ...
Kapa
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Shapkin
Vyacheslav Molokov ...
General Drynov
Nikolai Marchenko ...
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Set in a small Ukrainian village during the outbreak of war with Germany in 1941 Private Chonkin, not overly endowed with intelligence, is left to guard a downed military aircraft. The authorities appear to have forgotten about him so this leaves him free to work his chams on the village postmistress, Njura, untill the local militia are tipped off. Written by Orde Saunders <ods101@York.ac.uk>

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Amusing vision of WWII from satellite perspective . . .
4 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. . . the "satellite" being that of Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. Jiri Menzel's earlier film, the 1969 LARKS ON A STRING (SKRIVANCI NA NITI) was banned for 21 years. When it was finally released in 1990 it won top price at the Berlin film festival. CHONKIN was released the same year as FORREST GUMP and there are some thematic similarities to M*A*S*H and CATCH-22. Along with many sly (and some not-so-sly) jabs at Soviet bureaucracy and military incompetence the film supplies some interesting views of human nature and shows how a slight change of perspective can skew reality beneficially or detrimentally.

While some aesthetes may complain the film is not as refined as earlier Menzel films the intellectual content is there . . . it just tends to be camouflaged with all the laughter. Although a Czech production, CHONKIN was filmed in Russian. There were a goodly number of Russians in the audience where I saw the film. Audience laughter had interesting patterns depending on the placements of the subtitles, which often appeared in English before the Russian lines were completely delivered. One of the nice things about subtitled films (if everything is, indeed subtitled) is that you needn't worry about dialogue drowned by laughter. And there was laughter a-plenty at this screening:)


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