7.8/10
770
7 user 6 critic

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

Iko shashvi mgalobeli (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Otar Iosseliani
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Giorgobistve (1966)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young idealist takes a job at a local state run winery only to discover and become disillusioned by the corruption of the Soviet State.

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Ramaz Giorgobiani, Gogi Kharabadze, Marina Kartsivadze
Pastorali (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of musicians moved into the field for testing in an atmosphere of calm, however, seeking bucolic setting, hidden deep human conflicts.

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Nana Ioseliani, Tamar Gabarashvili, Mikhail Naneishvili
Aprili (1961)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young happy couple moves from a poor district to a new housing estate. Their relationship gets progressively worse as their comfort and possessions increase.

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Tatyana Chanturia, Gia Chiraqadze, Akakiy Chikvaidze
Lundi matin (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A story told quietly of Vincent a welder at a large and seemingly toxic plant along the Rhône, living in a village with his sons, wife, and mother, saying little to each other. Vincent ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Jacques Bidou, Anne Kravz-Tarnavsky, Narda Blanchet
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, this absurdist comedy, with its sprawling cast of crooks, thieves, anarchists, prostitutes, chief inspectors, ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Katja Rupé, Alix de Montaigu, François Michel
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé
Vedreba (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Brave sons of Khevsureti and Kisteti fight against each to protect their homelands. But, they confront faulty domestic traditions to respect enemy's true prowess and find themselves in conflict with own compatriots.

Director: Tengiz Abuladze
Stars: Spartak Bagashvili, Rusudan Kiknadze, Ramaz Chkhikvadze
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A noble family of France maintains dignity despite the onslaught of modernism and non-white immigrants.

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Narda Blanchet, Pierette Pompom Bailhache, Aleksandr Cherkasov
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Back from the war, a promising sculptor Aguli gets married and while in the need to make for living becomes stuck in daily routine. Thus, he fails to create something special, but his apprentice is a new hope.

Director: Eldar Shengelaia
Stars: Guram Lortkipanidze, Valentina Telichkina, Vasili Chkhaidze
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Amiran Amiranashvili, Davit Gogibedashvili, Giorgi Tsintsadze
Pirosmani (1969)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of self-taught Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.

Director: Giorgi Shengelaia
Stars: Avtandil Varazi, Dodo Abashidze, Givi Aleksandria
Chantrapas (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Nicolas is an artist, a filmmaker who merely wants to express himself and whom everyone wishes to reduce to silence. When he first starts out in Georgia, the "ideologists" hope to gag him, ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani
Stars: Dato Tarielachvili, Tamuna Karumidze, Fanny Gonin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gela Kandelaki Gela Kandelaki ... Gia Agladze
Gogi Chkheidze Gogi Chkheidze
Jansug Kakhidze Jansug Kakhidze
Irine Jandieri Irine Jandieri
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Georgian

Release Date:

1970 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Qartuli Pilmi See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Erbarme Dich
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Little masterpiece
18 October 2011 | by ZbiSalSee all my reviews

This is a story from the life of a young man. One evening, one day and one morning.

This young man is a musician. He plays on percussion instruments in theater or opera. He even tries to become a composer but .... We see him in his home working on his composition but it doesn't last long. Then we see him in public reading room. It looks he wants to work seriously but, once again, it doesn't last long. Something else turns his attention and he leaves. His day looks like this: he has many friends in every age and gender, he constantly meets them. One of them he accompanies to the doctor(his another friend), to second one he offers a book, with third one he simply chats, with one of his girlfriends he goes to her job etc. Whether is his hunger for life or simply lack of responsibility it's up to spectator's opinion. On the other hand, he forgets that he promised one visiting couple(who visited him following the recommendation of another friend) that he promised them to show Tbilisi. He tells her mother, criticizing him for that, that he had "a very busy day".

During a concert in theater he leaves early, goes to her aunt's birthday, plays piano to accompany her aunt singing, then leaves in a hurry to play one short solo at the end of the concert. Thats of course infuriates both the conductor and director of the theater. However, he is always on time to deliver a solo ... After concert he goes to restaurant when two groups of his friends claims their right to him. One man is disappointed that he came lately, that left him for the others etc.

He dies next morning after his "busy" day. Hit by a car, stupid and unnecessary death. His composition is unfinished...

One question arises: What did director wanted to say? That life is to short to waste it on stupid stings? That one shouldn't get involved only in petty issues but find a serious occupation?

Maybe yes, maybe now. Clock in last scene may suggest this. But's it up to you to decide.


2 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed