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Cast

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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Mosfilm [rus]

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Soviet Union

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Russian

Release Date:

16 March 1990 (Finland) See more »

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City Zero 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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(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
Written by James E. Myers (as Jimmy De Knight) and Max Freedman (as Max C. Freedman)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
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Weird film begging to be released on DVD!
12 December 2003 | by ajji-2See all my reviews

I only saw one scene from this film, in the 'entertainment' section of a TV news magazine from India. the clip they showed was from a scene in a restaurant, and was the most bizarre thing I had ever seen, though with a strong sense of black humor, not gross or repulsive. here's the scene in brief (for those who want to read about it):

a guy dining by himself in a corner of the restaurant, is approached by the staff with dessert (covered by a lid). the guy tells them he didn't order any dessert, but the staff persist him to partake of it, saying that the cook made it specially for him and that if he doesn't eat it, the cook will be heartbroken. the guy glances over to the kitchen door, and sees the cook ready to slice his own throat with a knife. alarmed, he agrees to taste the dessert. the staff take off the lid, and the guy gasps as he sees his own head on the platter! the staff tells him to relax, as it is just a cake made to look like his head. they carve a slice off the top of the 'head' and serve it to the bewildered and scared guy.

I have been looking for this film since 1988, & hope it gets a DVD release soon. and based on just that one scene, I would recommend this film strongly to anyone who likes David Lynch, The Coen Bros, Franz Kafka, etc...or anyone who wants to see something different for a change (that is, after you are done with your Matrix, Charlie's Angels, etc. of course).


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