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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 »

Director:

Nikita Mikhalkov (as Nikita Michalkov)

Writers:

Aleksandr Adabashyan (story and screenplay) (as Alexandre Adabascian), Nikita Mikhalkov (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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcello Mastroianni ... Romano
Marthe Keller ... Tina, Romano's Mistress
Elena Safonova ... Anna Sergeyevna, Governor's Wife (as Elena Sofonova)
Pina Cei Pina Cei ... Elisa's Mother
Vsevolod Larionov ... Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Il Governarore di Sisoev (as Innochentij Smoktunovskj)
Roberto Herlitzka Roberto Herlitzka ... L'Avvocato
Paolo Baroni Paolo Baroni ... Manlio
Oleg Tabakov ... Sua Grazia
Yuriy Bogatyryov ... Il Maresciallo (as Jury Bogatiriov)
Dmitriy Zolotukhin Dmitriy Zolotukhin ... Konstantin (as Dimitri Zolothuchin)
Silvana Mangano ... Elisa (Romano's Wife)
Jean-Pierre Bardos Jean-Pierre Bardos ... Ospite sdraiato (as J. Pierre Bardos)
Nino Bignamini Nino Bignamini ... L'acquirente
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Sua moglie
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Italian | Russian | French

Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Lover See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,201,428
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film of Silvana Mangano. See more »

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Just one more note…
26 April 2010 | by LemonBluSee all my reviews

I wouldn't add anything more than what these brilliant reviewers above have already written about this stunning film.

Here are a few words to say that despite incomprehension I have seen in several Western European countries — but Italian — movie theaters, I do think that "Очи чёрные / Occhi neri" is one of the three best films Mikhalkov has ever directed, together with "Utomlyonnye solntsyem" and "Urga" — if I can judge fairly, as I have seen absolutely all (but one: Утомлённые солнцем 2 - предстояние) his films (sometimes in different versions), including the short films he wrote and shot during his studies.

And, of course I wouldn't like to forget to mention the performance of those marvelous actors: Innokentiy M. Smoktunoskij, Marthe Keller and Yelena V. Safonova.


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