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Khrustalyov, My Car! (1998)

Khrustalyov, mashinu! (original title)
Military doctor General Klenski is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953 during an anti-Semitic political campaign accused of being a participant in so-called "doctors' plot".

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Credited cast:
Yuriy Tsurilo ...
Gen. Klensky (as Yu. Tsurilo)
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Wife (as N. Ruslanova)
Mikhail Dementyev ...
Son (as M. Dementyev)
Aleksandr Bashirov ...
Idiot (as A. Bashirov)
Natalya Lvova ...
(as N. Lvova)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dima Davydov
Sergei Dyachkov
Jüri Järvet Jr. ...
(as Yu. Yarvet)
Ivan Matskevich ...
(as I. Matskevich)
Viktor Mikhailov ...
General's driver (as V. Mikhailov)
Paulina Myasnikova ...
General's mother (as P. Myasnikova)
Nijole Narmontaite ...
Sonya (as N. Narmontaite)
Olga Samoshina ...
(as O. Samoshina)
Tamara Serkova ...
(as T. Serkova)
Genrietta Yanovskaya ...
General's sister (as G. Yanovskaya)
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Military doctor General Klenski is arrested in Stalin's Russia in 1953 during an anti-Semitic political campaign accused of being a participant in so-called "doctors' plot". Written by Anonymous

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merge of Fellini's 8 1/2 and Katchor's Julius Knipl
3 May 2002 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

clearly, this is a film for which either one votes 10 or votes 3. Those artsy folks will hail it a great feat, and those folks that wish to be entertained will walk out of the theather. A black and white film, the titles appear only after about 10 minutes of pivoting plots, kind of reminded me how the titles suddenly appeared in Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time the West". The random appearence of people's faces from left and right, some emerging from sauna tubs, others from foggy and steamy rooms, reminds Fellini's Otto e Mezzo. And much of the interiors, people's musings on everyday life, and the "life goes on" quality of city life, reminds the graphic novel by Ben Katchor, "Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer". On the absurbist twists and plots, "The Nose" by Gogol comes to mind, and the slight fantastic world (look out for those umbrellas suddenly popping open) brings Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita". Rich (but senseless) plot, lots of takes, lots of baroquely enriched interiors, outdoor scenes of streets in snowy winter and the muffled sound of cars rolling on snow. Even the title is random: a sentence one hears being yelled by one of the many many characters. Now, if Francesco Rosi's "La Tregua" had a bit of this randomness and absurbist quality to give more of the feel of directionless of war's end, it would have been great.


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