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No Ordinary Summer (1957)

Pervye radosti (original title)
Film is based on the book "Early Joys", set in 1910 in the city of Saratov on the river Volga in Central Russia. The main characters are Kirill Izvekov and Lisa, his first love. She does ... See full summary »

Director:

Vladimir Basov

Writers:

Konstantin Fedin (novel), Aleksei Kapler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mikhail Nazvanov ... Pastukhov
Vladimir Druzhnikov
Vladimir Yemelyanov ... Ragosin
Viktor Korshunov ... Izvekov
Tatyana Konyukhova ... Liza
Roza Makagonova ... Anna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vladimir Basov
Daniil Ilchenko ... Old Man
Vladimir Solovyov ... Meshkov
Evgeniy Teterin ... Dorogomilov
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Dibich
Olga Zhizneva ... Isvekova
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Film is based on the book "Early Joys", set in 1910 in the city of Saratov on the river Volga in Central Russia. The main characters are Kirill Izvekov and Lisa, his first love. She does not respond to Kirill Izvekov, and her behavior is hurting his feelings. So the young intellectual Kirill Izvekov becomes disillusioned with the world around him. He is strongly disapproving of the oppressive regime of the Tzar. By an unfortunate chance he becomes falsely accused of participation in the popular uprising and spends a year in prison. After that he matures into a professional revolutionary. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Drama

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

5 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Ordinary Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)
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Follows Neobyknovennoye leto (1957) See more »

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I don't agree with summary as it's written
5 December 2009 | by darimaSee all my reviews

There are a few points I would like to correct in plot summery. Because it has some factual mistakes. "She does not respond to Kirill Izvekov, and her behavior is hurting his feelings." - She does respond. And it was not her behavior, or his feelings for her that pushed Kirill to the path of revolution. He was quite happy with his love as it is. Origin of his disillusions lays in other things.

"By an unfortunate chance he becomes falsely accused of participation in the popular uprising and spends a year in prison. After that he matures into a professional revolutionary." He was not falsely accused - he had really taken part in printing and spreading the proclamations. And there is nothing about passing sentence on him in the movie. I don't know where from Mr. Steve Shelokhonov took information about 1 year. The final is open to any kind of conclusions. May be he would become a mature professional revolutionary, may be not - because he would die of decease serving his sentence for example.

I liked this movie a lot. The characters are not just schema or propaganda. They look quite vivid. Actors are splendid. A touch of irony and humor highlighted a few scenes. The film doesn't give ready answers. It looks like it is even unfinished. And that is what I liked it for.


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