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Notes from the New World (2011)

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"Notes From The New World" is a contemporary retelling of Dostoyevsky's novella which unfolds in Los Angeles of 2011 where dreams and harsh realities collide. It is a place where almost ... See full summary »

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... Irina - The Call Girl (as Rebecca Sigl)
... Sonia - The Angel
Nathanael Theisen ... Steven - The Poor Guy
Jerry Prager ... Bob - The Rich Guy
... Michelle the Secretary
Maxim Pollack ... Misha - The Mafia Boss
Rachel Elizabeth Garlington ... Angelina-Lolita (as Rachel Garlington)
Julia Emelin ... Linda - The struggling actress
... Igor - Mafia Pimp
... Brian - Friend of Steven
... Dan - Friend of Steven
Dmitriy Karpov ... Boris - The Mafia Spy
Raymond Alvarez ... David - Sonia's Guardian Angel
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Doug Dane ... Spectator
John Giosa ... Spectator
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"Notes From The New World" is a contemporary retelling of Dostoyevsky's novella which unfolds in Los Angeles of 2011 where dreams and harsh realities collide. It is a place where almost everyone spies on everyone else, and everyone seems to be playing a dangerous game. Steven is torn between the loves of two women, each of them pretending to be somebody else. The danger only intensifies when Steven comes face to face with the Russian Mafia. Soon he will discover who he really is. On another level the story suggests an amazing reading of the state of the post modern/post communist world. Are we witnessing certain realization of Dostoyevsky's prophecies - especially as far as the Underground Man's dilemma regarding Love/Terrorism is concerned?.. Written by Vitaly Sumin

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Los Angeles, 2011: A Man Torn Between Two Women, Russian Mafia and Millions of Dollars...


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Composer JAMIE WAY
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has to be experienced
6 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie is what the art of film is all about. It doesn't just present a famous literary tale--it refracts it through the prism of the camera lens. There have been several other attempts to present modern renditions of Dostoevsky's famous "Notes from the Underground," but this movie takes it far beyond that. It's a story within a story within a story. After a stunning opening shot of Los Angeles seen from underground (the metro station), we're exposed to the amazing sight of none other than Dostoevsky himself, beard and all, tromping through the streets of Los Angeles. But as it turns out, it's not really Dostoevsky; it's an intense young guy portraying him. And what's driving this dude? Ah, there the plot thickens. Let's just say it's a world of competing agendas, of boxes hidden inside other boxes. This is one of those films that would take far too much time to describe; it just has to be experienced.


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