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The Unknown Soldier's Patent Leather Shoes (1979)

Lachenite obuvki na neznayniya voin (original title)
This is a story of lifetime. A story full of spiritual power biography, behind which stays a whole age in the national development of Bulgaria.


Rangel Vulchanov


Rangel Vulchanov (script)
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Credited cast:
Slavka Ankova Slavka Ankova ... Grandmother Slavah
Emiliya Myrynska Emiliya Myrynska ... Bride
Ivan Stoychev Ivan Stoychev ... Grandfather Dobrin
Borislav Tsankov Borislav Tsankov ... Child Mone
Nikolay Velichkov Nikolay Velichkov ... Black Uncle
Rangel Vulchanov ... Self


A middle-aged Bulgarian is watching the change of the guard in front of the Buckingham Palace. For no apparent reason, while looking, in his mind he gets back to his childhood in the little Bulgarian village, he grew up in. Different rites, different traditions and still he finds something in common. He recalls the people he knew, he feared or admired. He ponders over that life of no brilliance, where people plough, harvest, marry and die, celebrate or grieve. Miracle are also worked, conceived in a unlimited child's imagination. It is the child's perception of the world that helps us to give a meaning to the major questions of human existence. Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Reality & Fantasy
6 May 2006 | by lordsinSee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've seen. Some may say it has no sense, but if you look closely you'll notice that this movie is a philosophical masterpiece. It shows several scenes of life in the village and then the brilliant Rangel Vulchanov puts reality into a boy's fantasies. The movie jumps from birth to death, from wedding to funeral, from joy to sorrow, from reality to fantasy, from war to peace. There are lots of laughable moments for the comedy fans, and there's drama for the drama fans. You won't forget this movie once you've seen it. It's a true gem! It will give you all you want even more...One of the best Bulgarian movies ever made. Better than all of the French movies altogether!

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9 May 1979 (Bulgaria) See more »

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Ballade von den schwarzen Lackschuhen See more »

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