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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
As important for us germans as Schindler's List for mankind, 28 May 2001

It was on big banners 50 years ago, now it's concealed in, I deplore having to say that, almost every german head walking around. Look at the faces of Emmi's relatives as she is telling them she has married. Envy? Ill Will? Or just the germans' fear of the unfamiliar?

13 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
The self-ironic russian cinema is worth a look, take this one., 20 February 2001

This late 60s Russian films is set in 1920, just 3 years after the October revolution. Folks had the choice between red and white, revolution and contra revolution. In that torn-apart-time, one man, the comedian Wolodja, tries to mediate, not between different ideologies, but social life and art.

While others just want to wash away their gloom, he reflects on the everyday sorrows and the role of art in that time of changes.

Like in most Russian films, not only of that time, you have to read between the lines, to get the whole meaning. Although its basic atmosphere is quite tempered, there is a much darker, more realistic inhere. The self-ironic Russian cinema is worth a look, take this one.