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Brigands-Chapter VII (1996)

Brigands, chapitre VII (original title)
King Vano rides bravely off into battle, but only after ensuring his passionate Queen is safely locked in her chastity belt.


Otar Iosseliani


Otar Iosseliani
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Cast overview:
Amiran Amiranashvili Amiran Amiranashvili ... Vano
Davit Gogibedashvili Davit Gogibedashvili ... Sandro (as Dato Gogibedachvili)
Giorgi Tsintsadze Giorgi Tsintsadze ... Spiridon (as Gio Tsintsadze)
Nino Orjonikidze Nino Orjonikidze ... Eka (as Nino Ordjonikidze)
Aleqsi Jakeli Aleqsi Jakeli ... Victor
Niko Kartsivadze Niko Kartsivadze ... Cola
Keli Kapanadze Keli Kapanadze ... Lia
Dato Tarielachvili Dato Tarielachvili
Niko Tarielashvili Niko Tarielashvili ... Nico (as Nico Tarielashvili)
Marina Kartsivadze Marina Kartsivadze
Kakhi Maisuradze Kakhi Maisuradze
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Emmanuel de Chauvigny ... (as Manu de Chauvigny)
Narda Blanchet Narda Blanchet
Anne-Marie Eisenschitz Anne-Marie Eisenschitz


King Vano rides bravely off into battle, but only after ensuring his passionate Queen is safely locked in her chastity belt.

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Antiteza and Apokrif
2 January 2006 | by igor_fedcheniaSee all my reviews

I am giving Brigands the highest mark. However, I believe it is virtually impossible to appreciate the movie without sufficient knowledge of Soviet history and perhaps some involvement into Perestroika and post Perestroika cultural context.

The film is an antithesis to very famous movie by Tengiz Abuladze (also a Georgian as Iosseliani) Monanieba (Confession). The later was one of the first attempts to rethink and reevaluate the past involvements of all layers of society in Stalin terror. It was of special significance that a Georgian has made such a film because Stalin even until now possesses a status of icon in his home country. Confession took a stance that all that had happened was a great tragedy and everybody was guilty to have let it happened.

Brigands, on the other hand, portraits the Stalin terror as something very mundane and boring, pushing a viewer to only one logical conclusion that it was unavoidable having in mind that authorities in all times had been no more than ordinary brigands, gangsters and robbers. Iosseliani uses the same cast to play historically parallel roles from medieval Georgia to the very recent events of collapse or the Soviet Union. The same actors and repeating at least in spirit parallel events create some static recognizable core in seemingly distant and different stories.

The film appeals to various known historical facts such as personal Stalin involvement in criminal acts of bank robberies before Bolsheviks had noticed him.

It is a masterpiece in both cinematographic and philosophic way.

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Georgian | Russian | French

Release Date:

22 January 1997 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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