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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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Sakartvelo Gaumarjos
13 August 2006 | by zoshchenkoSee all my reviews

This movie really seemed to sum up many Western (and maybe Russian?) stereotypes of Georgia. I especially liked all the greetings and the car accidents where a hundred people appear out of nowhere to gawk.

What is interesting is that, other than the main character, the other characters in the movie appear to be serious and dedicated workers. Gia upholds the quintessential Georgian (once again, according to stereotypes).

Incidentally, I was able to rent this movie from Netflix. It comes on the same DVD with another Ioseliani film, Pastorali. There is another DVD with two more Ioseliani movies.

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11 July 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »

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