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Siberiade (1979)

Sibiriada (original title)
The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrey Mikhalkov-Konchalovskiy)

Writers:

Valentin Ezhov, Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrey Mikhalov-Konchalovskiy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikita Mikhalkov ... Aleksei Ustyuzhanin
Vitali Solomin ... Nikolai Ustyuzhanin
Sergey Shakurov ... Spiridon Solomin
Natalya Andreychenko ... Nastya Solomina
Lyudmila Gurchenko ... Taya Solomina v 60-e godi
Vladimir Samoylov ... Afanasi Ustyuzhanin
Yevgeny Perov ... Yerofei Solomin
Mikhail Kononov ... Rodion Klimentov
Konstantin Grígoryev Konstantin Grígoryev ... Geolog Guryev (as Konstantin Grigorev)
Nikolai Skorobogatov ... Yermolai
Pavel Kadochnikov ... vechniy Ded
Elena Koreneva ... Taya Solominav 40-e godi
Dmitriy Buzylyov-Kretso Dmitriy Buzylyov-Kretso ... Mitya (as Dmitriy Buzylyov)
Evgeniy Leonov-Gladyshev ... Aleksey Ustyuzhanin v 40-e godi (as Yevgeni Leonov)
Ivan Dmitriev ... Blinov
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The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of happiness and to give it to the people. One builds the road through taiga to the star over horizon, the second 'build communism' and the third searches for oil. The oil is found but the destruction of the old cemetry and everything the people of the village cared for followed to get the 'black treasure' of Siberia. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <ked@falcon.cc.ukans.edu>

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The history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. [Korean DVD.]

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

16 May 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Siberiade See more »

Filming Locations:

Siberia, Russia

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Goofs

The boom mic is visible for less than a second in the top left corner at roughly 1:29:11, when Alexei is talking to the elder grandfather, and the grandfather stands up and begins chanting at him. See more »

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2001: Blondsongs, Gasroads and Fogsex
16 January 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Inexplicably this is compared to "Doctor Zhivago," I suppose because there are Russian revolutionaries. Egad. The films couldn't be more different.

This is inspired by "2001." Equally inexplicably, "Solaris" is called the Russian 2001 because. Heck, because it has space hardware. Jees.

The structure of "2001" is its reason to be, a fight among three narrative perspectives. We never know who wins: the human, machine or divine. Each is presented in a way that could be interpreted to subsume the others, and we are never grounded. Its sublime, each level above the other in a sort of Escher narrative.

This is the same, very deliberately so. We have the same three: we have the human story of sex, love community and how that embraces everything, Miss Marplewise. We have the "machine" or the revolution and its apparatus, some figurative and some literal. And we have the mystical energy and laws of nature, which are deliberate, clear, pervasive here.

(If there is something particularly skillful in this project cinematically, it is how this mystical mist pervades.)

Its not at all as deft in the balance as Kubric's masterpiece. But you can see the three climbing over each other, and the standoff presented at the end.

Its a long slog, and you'll have to wade through overly optimistic celebrations of revolutionary purpose. But its rewarding in a sort of Polish (meaning dreamy) way.

On a second viewing, I have to remark on how the fundamental nature of this is different from most else that I watch.

I'm particularly sensitive to the fact that most every element that I see in every film project is a matter of market forces. An artist can modulate within that pull, but never really escape the sender-receiver dynamic. This film differs in the way that some monumental architecture does from what surrounds it.

In the soviet system, you pay your dues and prove that you are a worthy artist. That means of course that you have to satisfy the artistic bureaucracy, the nature of which one can only imagine. But once you achieve some level of power, you become a dilettante, with amazing reach. Everything we see here is because it was envisioned to be so, quite apart from what we normally have to deal with in the "free" world.

Its the inversion that is striking. This film really is perfect in many ways. You can see that every frame and nuance is the way the filmmaker wants it regardless of whether he thinks people care. I didn't care much, because the thing is as soulless as most other Soviet art. But its very clean, and big and sentimental.

And its different, and that's a welcome shower.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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