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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 ...
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Natia Anjaparidze ...
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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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Sakartvelo Gaumarjos
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie really seemed to sum up many Western (and maybe Russian?) stereotypes of Georgia. I especially liked all the greetings and the car accidents where a hundred people appear out of nowhere to gawk.

What is interesting is that, other than the main character, the other characters in the movie appear to be serious and dedicated workers. Gia upholds the quintessential Georgian (once again, according to stereotypes).

Incidentally, I was able to rent this movie from Netflix. It comes on the same DVD with another Ioseliani film, Pastorali. There is another DVD with two more Ioseliani movies.

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