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Burnt by the Sun (1994)

Utomlennye solntsem (original title)
R | | Drama, War | 21 April 1995 (USA)
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »

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Marusya (as Ingeborga Dapkunayte)
Nadezhda Mikhalkova ...
Nadya (as Nadya Mikhalkova)
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Vsevolod Konstantinovich
Svetlana Kryuchkova ...
Mokhova
Vladimir Ilin ...
Kirik
Alla Kazanskaya ...
Lidiya Stepanovna
Nina Arkhipova ...
Elena Mikhaylovna
Avangard Leontev ...
Shofer
André Oumansky ...
Filipp (as Andre Umanskiy)
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Olga Nikolaevna
Lyubov Rudneva ...
Lyuba
Vladimir Ryabov ...
Ofitser NKVD
Vladimir Belousov ...
Sotrudnik NKVD
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Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The unexpected arrival of an old flame brings about the sudden destruction of a happy family. See more »

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Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$2,616,503
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Music used was from the works of the following composers: D. Chostakovich, I. Dounaevski, A. Tsfasman, V. Trofimov, S. Dechkine, Iou Khait (from credits). See more »

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References Persona (1966) See more »

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Vesti la Giuba
(uncredited) from 'Pagliacci'
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Played by Mitya on the piano
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A traditional film about the end of tradition.

Like most film lovers I prize invention, originality and formal daring. BURNT BY THE SUN is a very conservative historical epic, full of sweeping scenes paralelling intimate domestic exchanges; theatrical framings and acting with lots of dialogue; Jarre-esque sugary Romantic music; a fetishisation of nature.

Nevertheless, I loved this film to bits, for all these reasons. it was as rich as a novel (although it is an original), yet full of the vibrancy, life, violence, anger, and comedy absent from most literary adaptations. There is also a sense of using a cliched mode to attack its assumptions, as Chekhovian comedy turns into a denunciation of totalitarianism, and a more absurdist register.

Mikhalkov's filming of a superficially ugly Russia is lyrical and emotionally charged, and his own performance is like watching an oak tree being systematically hacked, sublime in its reach. Packed with memorable, searing set-pieces, but the filming of Marusya's confusion on Mitya's return, or his story to Nadya, shot with Nicholas Ray's feel for decor, stand out for me.


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