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Vanished Empire (2008)

Ischeznuvshaya imperiya (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 February 2008 (Russia)
The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and ... See full summary »


Karen Shakhnazarov

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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Lyapin ... Sergei Narbekov
Lidiya Milyuzina Lidiya Milyuzina ... Lyuda Beletskaya
Egor Baranovskiy Egor Baranovskiy ... Stepan Molodtsov
Ivan Kupreenko Ivan Kupreenko ... Kostya Denisov
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Sergei's grandfather
Olga Tumaykina Olga Tumaykina ... Sergei's mother
Vladimir Ilin ... Stepan 30 years later
Tatyana Yakovenko Tatyana Yakovenko ... Lyuda's mother
Yanina Kalganova Yanina Kalganova ... Katya
Vasiliy Shakhnazarov Vasiliy Shakhnazarov ... Misha (as Vasya Shakhnazarov)
Ye. Kasparova Ye. Kasparova ... Folklore teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allovuddin Abdullaev Allovuddin Abdullaev ... (as A. Abdullayev)
Sergey Badichkin Sergey Badichkin ... Club manager (as S. Badichkin)
Sergey Barkovskiy Sergey Barkovskiy ... Dean (as S. Barkovskiy)
Richard Bondarev Richard Bondarev ... Edik (as R. Bondarev)


The film's story takes place in Moscow in the 1970s. Its plot unfolds around the love triangle between two young men and a girl who study at the same university. They argue, make up, and face their first disappointments and victories. While busy with personal lives and loves, they miss foreseeing that the country in which they were born and live will soon disappear from the map. Written by hashan15

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Release Date:

14 February 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanished Empire See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,328, 12 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,280, 25 October 2009
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Mosfilm,Vox Video See more »
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On the inception of Western culture in Russian 70's
19 March 2009 | by markedasreadSee all my reviews

Living in a country where Russian cinema is something foreign, not only in terms of language but also because the import of movies from all of Eastern Europe is quite poor, let me just begin by saying that this movie is a true gem discovered.

Advertised by some as a common love story, "The Vanished Empire" should be seen as much more. While love, or perhaps rather infantile teenage crushes is present throughout, director Karen Shakhnazarov tells the tale of a Russia torn between conservative party-political-values and new western influences featuring the tunes of Shocking Blue, Deep Purple and jeans that begs to deviate from otherwise more traditional clothing. All this started to penetrate a crowd of youths in the early 70's, it just, well, seemingly was a bit more difficult for protagonist Sergei with pals Kostya and Stepan than the contemporary American teen.

Both script, directing and cinematography holds a great deal of quality. Try to catch this! Don't let Timur Bekmambetov's "Night Watch" be the only Russian movie you've seen for the last four years - and the next four to come...

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