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Dark Eyes (1987)

Oci ciornie (original title)
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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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 ... 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,201,428
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Silvana Mangano. See more »

Quotes

Romano: Hey Gypsies! It's me. I'm leaving soon, but I'll be back soon.
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seductive
12 July 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

after its end, the only strange remains the source of his seduction. sure, it is a Mikhalkov film, the meeting between Mastroianni and Smoktunovsky is a happy event, the favorite of Fellini does an admirable job, the old text of Chekov has new nuances but each new explanation is far to be enough. the secret could be the strange status of story. it seems be well known. it could be a story about yourself. the emotion becomes profound scene by scene. the feelings about poor lead hero are ambiguous more and more. the virtue of film - it presents not only a touching story but an expected one. a film about life, errors, hopes and regrets.confession of an Italian full of authentic Russian states of soul. and that is the key - except Mastroianni, nobody can act his character. except Mikhalkov, nobody can give the air of familiarity to a strange story like that. a seductive film. but the roots of its seduction are so profound presented in its viewer experiences....


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