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My Grandmother (1929)

Chemi bebia (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 October 1977 (USA)
The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

Director:

Kote Mikaberidze (as Kote Miqaberidze)

Writers:

Siko Dolidze (libretto), Giorgi Mdivani | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aleksandre Takaishvili Aleksandre Takaishvili ... The Bureaucrat (as A. Takaishvili)
Bella Chernova ... The Bureaucrat's Wife
Evgeniy Ovanov Evgeniy Ovanov ... The Doorman (as E. Ovanov)
Akaki Khorava Akaki Khorava ... Labourer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikhail Abesadze Mikhail Abesadze ... (as M. Abesadze)
G. Absaliamova G. Absaliamova
Konstantin Lavretski Konstantin Lavretski ... (as K. Lavretski)
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The protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, gets the sack for his bureaucratic idleness, and learns that the way back into the job market depends on getting a letter of recommendation from a "grandmother".

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Sign Languages

Release Date:

4 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Grandmother See more »

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Georgian-Film See more »
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Runtime:

| (1970 sound)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A rare, hysterical gem from early Soviet cinema
24 August 2006 | by CaptEccoSee all my reviews

CHEMI BEBIA (MY GRANDMOTHER) is a Georgian avant-garde slapstick silent comedy that was banned in the Soviet Union for almost 50 years. And it's pretty easy to see why. Whereas later Georgian filmmakers became rather adept at slipping political criticism under the noses of the Soviet censors, this film ends with a completely unambiguous rallying call for the death of bureaucrats. Lots of the creative techniques one associates with early Soviet cinema are on display here, but they are filtered through a sieve of early American slapstick and used mostly (and most successfully) for comedy. Imagine Harold Lloyd starring in Terry Gilliam's BRAZIL and you'll start to get an idea of what MY GRANDMOTHER is like. It's hilarious, and historically it's interesting to watch in that it's just as politically obvious as any other early Soviet film, but in an entirely different way.


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