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Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story (1983)

Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi (original title)
An author - a passive young man - enters the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia attempting to get his novel published only to be neglected and compartmentalized at every turn.

Director:

Eldar Shengelaia (as Eldar Shengelaya)

Writers:

Rezo Cheishvili (screenplay), Rezo Cheishvili (story "Tsisperi Mtebi") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramaz Giorgobiani ... Soso
Vasil Kakhniashvili ... Vaso
Teimuraz Chirgadze Teimuraz Chirgadze ... Director
Ivane Sakvarelidze ... Markscheider
Sesilia Takaishvili ... Molare
Grigol Natsvlishvili Grigol Natsvlishvili ... Irodioni
Vladimer Mezvrishvili ... Grisha (as V. Mezvrishvili)
Otar Guntsadze ... Mgebavi (as O. Guntsadze)
Darejan Sumbatashvili ... Bella (as D. Sumbatashvili)
Zeinab Botsvadze ... Lali
Nino Tutberidze Nino Tutberidze ... Mdivani
Giorgi Chkhaidze ... Shuqri (as G. Chkhaidze)
Mikheil Kikodze Mikheil Kikodze ... Otari (as Mikhail Kokodze)
Guram Lortkipanidze ... Tengizi
Guram Petriashvili ... Qmari
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Storyline

An author - a passive young man - enters the Soviet-controlled bureaucracy of Georgia attempting to get his novel published only to be neglected and compartmentalized at every turn.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian | Russian

Release Date:

October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Голубые горы, или Неправдоподобная история See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Georgian-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A tragicomic fairy tale satire on the Soviet system
23 June 1999 | by OsipSee all my reviews

In this extremely funny satire on Soviet bureaucracy, the protagonist, a hapless author, attempts again and again to get his editors to accept his manuscript -- a novel with the title "Blue mountains or Tienshan." The story unfolds with the inevitability of a fairy tale in which a naive hero is painfully being initiated into the ways of the world, and while the would-be author wanders through the hallways of his publishers, we in turn learn a lot about the crumbling Soviet system and the inactivity of its bureaucratic functionaries. By Hollywood standards, the film may be slow and repetitive, but it is precisely the repetition of tragicomic situations that bring the film to the heights of a Beckettian absurdity. Even after the end of the Soviet Union a film that is worth while watching.


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