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Vanished Empire (2008)

Ischeznuvshaya imperiya (original title)
The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Lyapin ...
Lidiya Milyuzina ...
Lyuda Beletskaya
Egor Baranovskiy ...
Stepan Molodtsov
Ivan Kupreenko ...
Kostya Denisov
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ...
Sergei's grandfather
Olga Tumaykina ...
Sergei's mother
Vladimir Ilin ...
Stepan 30 years later
Tatyana Yakovenko ...
Lyuda's mother
Yanina Kalganova ...
Katya
Vasiliy Shakhnazarov ...
Misha (as Vasya Shakhnazarov)
Katerina Kasparová ...
Folklore teacher
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Sergey Badichkin ...
Club manager (as S. Badichkin)
Sergey Barkovskiy ...
Dean (as S. Barkovskiy)
Richard Bondarev ...
Edik (as R. Bondarev)
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The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and face their first disappointments and victories. While busy with personal lives and loves, they miss foreseeing that the country in which they were born and live will soon disappear from the map. Written by hashan15

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Vanished Empire  »

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$3,328 (USA) (10 July 2009)

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$9,280 (USA) (23 October 2009)
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On the inception of Western culture in Russian 70's
19 March 2009 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Living in a country where Russian cinema is something foreign, not only in terms of language but also because the import of movies from all of Eastern Europe is quite poor, let me just begin by saying that this movie is a true gem discovered.

Advertised by some as a common love story, "The Vanished Empire" should be seen as much more. While love, or perhaps rather infantile teenage crushes is present throughout, director Karen Shakhnazarov tells the tale of a Russia torn between conservative party-political-values and new western influences featuring the tunes of Shocking Blue, Deep Purple and jeans that begs to deviate from otherwise more traditional clothing. All this started to penetrate a crowd of youths in the early 70's, it just, well, seemingly was a bit more difficult for protagonist Sergei with pals Kostya and Stepan than the contemporary American teen.

Both script, directing and cinematography holds a great deal of quality. Try to catch this! Don't let Timur Bekmambetov's "Night Watch" be the only Russian movie you've seen for the last four years - and the next four to come...


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