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Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970)
"Iko shashvi mgalobeli" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gela Kandelaki ...
Gia Agladze
Gogi Chkheidze
Jansug Kakhidze
Irine Jandieri
Elene Landia
I. Mdivani
Marina Kartsivadze
Nugzar Erkomaishvili
Irakli Kokrashvili ...
(as I. Qoqrashvili)
Natia Anjaparidze ...
(as N. Andjaparidze)
Dea Ivanidze
Tamari Ishkhneli
T. Gedevanishvili
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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The Unbearable Lightness of Cinema
5 March 2002 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

The communist regime did not like at all Ioseliani's movie, which became "widely" visible only a long time after it was shot. The hero is rather lazy and does not care much about the communist ethos of the time and the ideal of a whole nation at work. The film is about being happy far from a madly competing crowd and Ioseliani's message may also apply to today's capitalistic society.


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