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A Cruel Romance (1984)

Zhestokiy romans (original title)
Cinematographic adaptation of classical Russian play "Dowry-less" by A. Ostrovsky. Noble but poor widow seeks to arrange marriage for her three daughters. She maintains "open house" or ... See full summary »

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... Paratov
... Karandyshev
... Knurov
... Vozhevatov
... Robinzon
Tatyana Pankova ... Efrosinya Potapovna
... Ivan
Aleksandr Pyatkov ... Gavrilo
... Kapitan
... Modistka
Dmitriy Buzylyov-Kretso ... Ilya (as Dmitriy Buzylyov)
... Ofitser
... Gulyaev
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Cinematographic adaptation of classical Russian play "Dowry-less" by A. Ostrovsky. Noble but poor widow seeks to arrange marriage for her three daughters. She maintains "open house" or provincial form of salon hoping to attract gentlemen well-off enough to marry for love to a dowry-less. Written by Anonymous

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18 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Kukolka (1988) See more »

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Pod laskoy plyushevogo pleda
Written by Andrei Petrov and Marina Tsvetayeva
Performed by Valentina Ponomaryova
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The Russian Dream ?
23 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Ok, this was my first Soviet-era Russian movie, so it was difficult to assess by my (western) standards. By those standards the characters seemed simplistic and exaggerated, and the screenplay cliché-ridden. Also, by those standards, the cinematography came across as ill-developed for the day.

However, 'Cruel Romance' was something of a revelation for me. Just as the American Dream is expressed repeatedly (ad nauseam?) in Hollywood movies, I had a strong feeling after watching this movie that the 'Russian Dream' had been laid bare for my comprehension at last. The worship of impossible romance combined with blindness to all practical considerations and the expression of that romance in the gift of expensive baubles and other grand gestures are the main threads running through this story. And, despite the fact that 'Cruel Romance' is a Soviet-era depiction of 19th century Tsarist Russia, these are cultural traits to be found in abundance in modern-day Russians. For this reason watching the movie was a treat to me personally, and henceforth I will view my Russian friends and colleagues with a slightly higher degree of understanding.

Also, I hope to see many more Russian movies in the future !


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