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July Rain (1967)

Iyulskiy dozhd (original title)
Lena is about to marry when she finds out her fiance is a bad person. After leaving him, she seeks for a sense in her life through adventures with artists who are also searching their own identity. When raining, she meets Zhenya.


Marlen Khutsiev




Credited cast:
Evgeniya Uralova ... Lena
Aleksandr Belyavskiy ... Volodya
Yuriy Vizbor ... Alik
Evgeniya Kozyreva ... Lena's Mother
Aleksandr Mitta ... Vladik
Ilya Bylinkin Ilya Bylinkin ... Zhenya (as I. Bylinkin)
Yuri Ilchuk Yuri Ilchuk ... Leva (as Yu. Ilchuk)
Alla Pokrovskaya ... Lelya Kurikhina
Boris Belousov Boris Belousov ... Shanovalov (as B. Belousov)
Viktoriya Beskova Viktoriya Beskova ... Zhena Shanovalova (as V. Beskova)
Valentina Sharykina ... Lusya (as V. Sharykina)
Vitaliy Belyakov ... Yura (as Vitaly Belyakov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu. Bordukov Yu. Bordukov
Galina Dashevskaya ... (as G. Dashevskaya)
D. Druzhinina D. Druzhinina


The main character of the film Lena is an engineer in a printing house. Her fiance Volodya is a promising scientist. They are about thirty. The film tells about their life for several months: from the July rain to late autumn. Relationships that begin as ideal end with a break when Lena, disappointed, having revised her views on life, refuses to marry Volodya.

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A delicate illustration of the middle 1960-s turning point mood.
17 October 2004 | by pashavSee all my reviews

The movie has rather a loose plot of a perished love as a background for displaying the Moscow life in the 60-s. It's mostly a set of shrewd observations with a clear premonition and question mark at the end.

It shows the time of the choice of a future way for the country. In fact the choice was already made in October 1964, when conformist climbers and unprincipled egotists (Volodya) took a lead of the Soviet society and eventually destroyed it. The most charming and human figure of the movie is Alik, played by the famous Russian bard Yuri Vizbor. Alik represents the honest and skeptical part of Soviet society, that didn't have much hope for the bright future and tried to enjoy the life, avoiding ranting and bargaining with the conscience.

One of the most brilliant films of the ending Khruschiov's "thaw", reflecting its hopes and vague apprehensions. The vivid scenes of Moscow 60-s intellectuals life are portrayed with a slight irony and melancholy, that makes the movie an enjoyable souvenir for a couple of Soviet generations.

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6 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Июльский дождь See more »

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