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Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1972)

Iko shashvi mgalobeli (original title)
Gia is a carefree young percussionist who works at a theater in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. He lives in a small apartment with his mother. Gia spends his days flitting from friend to ... See full summary »

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Gela Kandelaki ...
Gia Agladze
Gogi Chkheidze
Jansug Kakhidze
Irine Jandieri
Elene Landia
Irina Mdivani ...
(as I. Mdivani)
Marina Kartsivadze
Nugzar Erkomaishvili
Irakli Kokrashvili ...
(as I. Qoqrashvili)
Natia Anjaparidze ...
(as N. Andjaparidze)
Dea Ivanidze
Tamari Ishkhneli
T. Gedevanishvili
Revaz Baramidze ...
(as R. Baramidze)
Robert Sturua
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Gia is a carefree young percussionist who works at a theater in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. He lives in a small apartment with his mother. Gia spends his days flitting from friend to friend, lover to lover, avoiding any responsibility, and never staying still for five minutes. However, he always manages to arrive at the theater just in time to play the drums at the end of the ballet. Written by Will Gilbert

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Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird  »

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Black Comedy
27 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There Once Was a Singing Blackbird (1970) -- a day in the life of Tbilisi musician Guia Agladze -- expresses a joy of unconstrained living, joking, art, camaraderie, and the pleasures of the flesh that is plainly opposed to the narrow expectations and petty bureaucratic requirements of the People in Charge. In its vision, pacing, and black-and-white cinematography, it is reminiscent of the early Fellini, such as Nights of Cabiria, and the Nouvelle Vague, with a touch of the Marx Brothers and their brand of playful anarchy thrown in for good measure. The camera follows Guia from place to place -- from the cramped apartment he shares with his mother and a pair of visiting Russians, to the theater, to a series of boutiques and restaurants, to the street -- as he does what he does, acting on his impulses, avoiding confrontation, until the day ends and his metaphorical song goes silent.


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