Young people struggle to do things their way in the 1950s.

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Polza
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Katya (as Evgeniya Brik)
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Fred (as Maksim Matveev)
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Dryn
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Nolik
Georgiy Sivokhin ...
Kim
Olga Smirnova ...
Sherri
Yanina Melekhova ...
Liza (as Yanina Buyko)
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Mat Polzy
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Otets Melsa
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Otets Freda
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Labukh
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While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's a peacock, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone. Written by Production

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Moscow 1955. Hot Jazz Meets Cold War.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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October 2011 (USA)  »

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Boogie Bones  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Ekaterina Vilkova auditioned for the role of Polza, but director/writer/producer Valeriy Todorovskiy told her, "You're Betsie the doll." See more »

Quotes

Katya: You're worse than an enemy, Mels. You're a traitor.
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Soundtracks

Emu ne nuzhna amerikanskaya zhena
("He Doesn't Need an American Wife")
Music by Kolibri
Words by Konstantin Meladze
Arrangement by Konstantin Meladze
Performed by VIA Gra
Courtesy of VIA Entertainment
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generation gap of the Cold War
7 July 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

To the numerous movies about generation gaps we can now add Valeriy Todorovsky's "Stilyagi" ("Hipsters" in English). It focuses on an assortment of youths in 1950s Moscow who are really into western music and fashion, to the disfavor of Soviet authorities. I particularly liked the scene where Fred plays Mels the boogie woogie song: it's gotta be the first time that anyone's ever heard an old-style rock 'n' roll song entirely in Russian.

The movie emphasizes that the authorities considered jazz a form of western imperialism. While I was in grad school, some students from Russia co-rented a house with me and the other US students. One of them noted that this was in fact the case, but that the authorities still allowed Frank Sinatra's music. That sounds counter-intuitive to me, but who knows what the reasoning was. The point is that ever since popular culture arose, the younger generation has gotten into the new stuff while the older generation turns its nose at it. There was one scene in "Hipsters" that reminded me of the scene in "A Hard Day's Night" where the Beatles get into an argument with a man on a train and Ringo* has a snarky comment.

Anyway, really fun movie. And remember, he doesn't need an American wife!

*Today is in fact Ringo's birthday.


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