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An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Leonid Filatov ... Aleksei Varakin
Oleg Basilashvili ... The Writer
Vladimir Menshov ... The Prosecutor
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... The Factory Director
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... The Museum Director
Aleksey Zharkov ... Investigator
Pyotr Shcherbakov ... The Mayor
Yuriy Sherstnyov ... The Waiter
Lena Zhanik ... The Secretary (as Yelena Arzhanik)
Tatyana Khvostikova Tatyana Khvostikova
Aleksandr Bespalyy
Yevgeni Zernov Yevgeni Zernov
Arkadi Ides Arkadi Ides
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An engineer in charge of the production line of a factory in Moscow is sent to a small town to try to specify the distributor the new dimensions of a mechanic part they need. But in this town everybody seems to be crazy (a secretary who works naked, a group of people take the engineer as a rock & roll player, etc) and, in addition, this man is witness of a suicide, so he is trapped inside the town. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (Finland) See more »

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City Zero See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 62th Academy Awards in 1990. See more »

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Performed by Elvis Presley
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Quite original and psychedelic film from Perestroika times
14 March 2009 | by andreygrachevSee all my reviews

I was quite surprised to see this another masterpiece from Karen Shahnazarov. This is real fantasy with the good presence of mystics and social criticism. The main character is an ordinary engineer who comes to an obscure town to fix some business questions. But instead of it he faces very gloomy and weird freedom there. The real hymn of irrationality and rock music. This film looks more like a nightmare dream of a narrow-minded person who comes to some other reality and succeeds to go away in the end. One can see some nudity, psycho- violence and questioning here, but the meaning lies beyond the moral standards of that time in in the USSR.


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