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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)

Moskva slezam ne verit (original title)
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love.

Director:

Vladimir Menshov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Alentova ... Katerina 'Katia' Tikhomirova
Aleksey Batalov ... Georgi 'Gosha'
Irina Muravyova ... Lyudmila Gurina
Raisa Ryazanova ... Antonina
Aleksandr Fatyushin ... Sergey 'Seryozha' Gurin
Boris Smorchkov ... Nikolay
Yuriy Vasilev ... Rodion 'Rudolph' Rachkov
Natalya Vavilova ... Aleksandra, doch Kateriny
Oleg Tabakov ... Volodya
Yevgeniya Khanayeva ... maty Rachkova
Valentina Ushakova ... Anna Nikitichna, maty Nikolaya
Viktor Uralskiy ... Mikhail Ivanovich, otets Nikolaya
Zoya Fyodorova ... tetya Pasha, vakhtersha
Liya Akhedzhakova ... Olga Pavlovna, director kluba
Tatyana Konyukhova ... Herself
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This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions. Different careers. And big late love. Written by <alik@ipsun.ras.ru>

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The Funniest, Tenderest Love Story of the Year

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

11 February 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the picture won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Soviet authorities prevented director Vladimir Menshov from traveling to the ceremony as they had suspicions about his politics, and he learned of his victory by telegram. Author and journalist Masha Gessen recounts an anecdote that Menshov telegraphed back, 'MOSCOW DOESN'T BELIEVE STOP IN TEARS STOP'. See more »

Goofs

When Lyudmila and her friend approach the office building she is wearing a pair of white shoes. Once inside the building the shoes color changes to black. See more »

Quotes

Lyudmila Gurina: Don't cry.
Lyudmila Gurina: You know what Moscow thinks of tears.
Lyudmila Gurina: We shouldn't be sitting around, we should do something.
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Connections

Spoofed in Starye pesni o glavnom 2 (1997) See more »

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Daddy Cool
Music by Frank Farian and Peter Bischof
Lyrics by Frank Farian and George Reyam
Performed by Boney M.
(album released on 31-5-1976)
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A film about three women out for love.
7 November 2010 | by toqtaqiya2See all my reviews

Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears is an appealing comedy-drama with much to say about Soviet society from the 1950s to the 1970s. The cast deliver standout performances, and this is the film's greatest strength. The story is about their lives. The city's scenery is often featured, with cinematography that's good for a Soviet drama film. The score, however, is standard fare, but there are a few notable songs. Considering its high entertainment value it's no wonder that Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears became one of the most popular films in the Soviet Union. It even won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. It's just one of those films where everyone involved in making it contributed to a result that delivers on all fronts. If the acting or the direction was worse then the result could have been another forgettable drama. Soviet filmmakers, however, specialized in drama films. This is because of the restrictions that were put on them by the government. Many good dramas were released during the Soviet period, and Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears is one of the most memorable. I definitely recommend seeing it.


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