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Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird (1970)

Iko shashvi mgalobeli (original title)
A carefree young percussionist roams the streets of Tbilisi, interacting with friends and strangers alike, and tries to avoid responsibilities.


Otar Iosseliani




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gela Kandelaki ... Gia Agladze
Gogi Chkheidze Gogi Chkheidze
Jansug Kakhidze Jansug Kakhidze ... Dirizher
Irine Jandieri ... Lia
Elene Landia Elene Landia
Irina Mdivani Irina Mdivani ... (as I. Mdivani)
Marina Kartsivadze Marina Kartsivadze
Nugzar Erkomaishvili Nugzar Erkomaishvili
Irakli Kokrashvili Irakli Kokrashvili ... (as I. Qoqrashvili)
Natia Anjaparidze Natia Anjaparidze ... (as N. Andjaparidze)
Dea Ivanidze Dea Ivanidze
Tamari Ishkhneli Tamari Ishkhneli
T. Gedevanishvili T. Gedevanishvili
Revaz Baramidze Revaz Baramidze ... (as R. Baramidze)
Robert Sturua Robert Sturua ... Soso


Gia is a carefree young percussionist who works at a theater in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. He lives in a small apartment with his mother. Gia spends his days flitting from friend to friend, lover to lover, avoiding any responsibility, and never staying still for five minutes. However, he always manages to arrive at the theater just in time to play the drums at the end of the ballet. Written by Will Gilbert

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Comedy | Drama | Music


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Excellent film from a Georgian master based in Paris : How can anyone ignore human suffering ?
11 July 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

There are many films which are made,were made and will be made.But the thing to remember is that a film that is a motion picture or a feature film is of no use at all if it just remain a plastic material (plastic film on which a film is shot).In the same manner there are many great filmmakers who don't make film.What they do is to make reality visible on a film.I am thrilled to say that the great Georgian master Otar Iosseliani is one such rare filmmaker who is a great painter of human sentiments on the plastic material.Iko Shashvi Mgalobeli is one of his best works.My personal opinion is that it has ample elements which are common to our daily existence. This is an ideal reason for admiring this film.The essence of this film lies in its championing the cause of simplicity as it is the best human virtue.Have you ever wondered whether a film can have therapeutic effect ? No.In that case please watch this film.Its sad disposition will surely transform you into a mature person.

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11 July 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »

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