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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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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 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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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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The Russian language version of the film (DVD) has the entire dialogue spoken as a voiceover by one single person. The dubbing is done by the writer and director of the film, Nikita Mikhalkov, himself. See more »

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Raucous reception at Sisoev.
24 June 2004 | by Gerald A. DeLucaSee all my reviews

There are many wondrous qualities to this movie, especially the performance of Marcello Mastroianni. I only want to mention one scene, my favorite. It occurs when Romano (Mastroianni) arrives by train in the Russian village of Sisoev where he is to set up a glass factory.

Upon de-training all he sees is a peasant woman with a cow. Suddenly, on the other side of the tracks a band plays. Romano walks across the welcome-carpet to a crowd of townspeople giving him a raucous reception. Actually folks here want the factory for themselves . The Italian is offered Russian bread to sample. Young girls bear doves and present the man with wreaths. The mayor recites a poem and gives a welcome speech. A medal is bestowed. Kisses galore are planted.

Singers and balalaika players appear. Caviar and lethal vodka is thrust upon the man, who is barely able to cope with its potency. It's a distillation (pun intended) of Russian-ness which overwhelms the guest as he is conducted by carriage to his hotel and carried in, tired and soused, later muttering "Sabatchka," the name of the little dog belonging to Anna, the Russian girl that has aroused his passion. Great, great!


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