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Oci ciornie (1987)

Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the ... See full summary »

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(as Nikita Michalkov)

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(story and screenplay) (as Alexandre Adabascian), (story and screenplay) (as Nikita Michalkov) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Romano
... Tina, Romano's Mistress
... Anna Sergeyevna, Governor's Wife (as Elena Sofonova)
Pina Cei ... Elisa's Mother
Vsevolod Larionov ... Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)
... Il Governarore di Sisoiev (as Innochentij Smoktunovskj)
Roberto Herlitzka ... L'Avvocato
Paolo Baroni ... Manlio
... Sua Grazia
... Il Maresciallo (as Jury Bogatiriov)
Dmitriy Zolotukhin ... Konstantin (as Dimitri Zolothuchin)
... Elisa (Romano's Wife)
Jean-Pierre Bardos ... Ospite sdraiato (as J. Pierre Bardos)
Nino Bignamini ... L'acquirente
Maria Grazia Bon ... Sua moglie
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Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the clownish and superfluous Romano Patroni leaves his wife's opulent home to visit a spa where he falls in love with a Russian woman whose marriage is a horror. He pursues her into the Russian heartland and returns to Italy resolved to leave his wife and marry his love. His amazed and appreciative Russian listener then narrates a shorter story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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6 November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Lover  »

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$2,201,428
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The film is loosely based on the novella "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov. See more »

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Featured in Sono solo un artigiano (2001) See more »

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Simply, the most beautiful looking picture of modern times
17 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

There's no really much you can say and analyze about this movie. It's not a movie by itself, it's a piece of art lost in the ocean of mundane cinema of the 20-th century. It's like the great literature, the great paintings of history, impregnated with a mystical and hard to define quality in it's texture. For me this is not simply a "movie", i say it again. Like Nostalghia or Andrei Rubliov of Tarkovsky , here the poetics transcends what we usually call cinema, or a film, because it gets a life on it's own, and becomes independent to critical observation. It's like a tiger in the Siberian forest, that you have to simply admire. A tiger is beautiful because it's a tiger, Oci Ciornie it's beautiful because it is Oci Ciornie. Something divine happened to Mihalkov and to the cast when thy made this piece of art. It was the greatest shame and scandal when the jury at Cannes awarded "Sous le Ciel de Satan" the Palme D'or, but who cares...Time is for the art what is for the wine. The good one gets better, the cheap one gets sour and becomes vinegar.


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