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The Heart of the World (2000)

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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman. Anna, a state scientist and said woman, is in love with both brothers and ... See full summary »

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Akmatov (as Hryhory Yulyanovitch Klymkyiev)
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Nikolai, a mortician, and Osip, an actor playing Christ in a play, are brothers in love with the same woman. Anna, a state scientist and said woman, is in love with both brothers and studies the Earth's core, the very heart of the world. She discovers that the world is dying of heart failure and only has one more day remaining. Meanwhile, Akmatov, a bloated, capitalist bureaucrat lusts after Anna and tries to make her fall into her bed. Written by pr1mal_1

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References/parodies soviet montage cinema of the 1920s, German Expressionism of the 1920s, and silent melodrama film. See more »

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Time, Forward
Written by Georgi Sviridov (as Giorgi Sviridov)
With permission from the Sviridov Foundation and Meloydiya © 1968
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Exceptionally well done but not exactly a fun ride
12 March 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is very well made and I was impressed by much of it. However, I would assume that at least 95% of the public would hate the film if they saw it--probably even more! That's because all the bizarre and surrealistic elements make a lot of sense to a film historian or someone who loves German or Soviet silent Expressionistic film--so this makes for a very narrow audience indeed!! THE HEART OF THE WORLD appears as if it were made in the 1920s and at first I thought it was made from clips from old movies. However, instead I soon realized that the film actually was imitating such films as METROPOLIS, THE CABINET OF CALIGARI, NOSFERATU, ZEMLYA and even THE KING OF KINGS (among others)--with a very strong emphasis on METROPOLIS. There were also some amazingly unusual phallic images interspersed throughout the film that made me laugh. This, combined with an appropriately stirring and bizarre musical score made for a very skilled picture indeed.

The problem with this film, though, is that even if the work shows great skill, who is going to watch it? I understood the film and psychological references and could appreciate it...but I also didn't particularly enjoy it and would hate a steady diet of this sort of filming. It's probably only of interest to a small and select few.


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