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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 where dreams and harsh realities collide. It is a place where almost everyone ... See full summary »


Vitaly Sumin


Vitaly Sumin
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Credited cast:
Rebecca Light ... Irina - The Call Girl (as Rebecca Sigl)
Natasha Blasick ... Sonia - The Angel
Nathanael Theisen Nathanael Theisen ... Steven - The Poor Guy
Jerry Prager Jerry Prager ... Bob - The Rich Guy
Devorah Lynne Dishington ... Michelle the Secretary
Maxim Pollack Maxim Pollack ... Misha - The Mafia Boss
Rachel Elizabeth Garlington Rachel Elizabeth Garlington ... Angelina-Lolita (as Rachel Garlington)
Julia Emelin ... Linda - The struggling actress
Nick Tereschenko ... Igor - Mafia Pimp
Landall Goolsby ... Brian - Friend of Steven
Trip Hope ... Dan - Friend of Steven
Dmitriy Karpov Dmitriy Karpov ... Boris - The Mafia Spy
Raymond Alvarez Raymond Alvarez ... David - Sonia's Guardian Angel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Dane Doug Dane ... Spectator
John Giosa John Giosa ... Spectator


"Notes From The New World" is a contemporary retelling of Dostoyevsky's novella which unfolds in Los Angeles 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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Release Date:

22 April 2011 (Russia) See more »

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USA See more »

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VM Productions See more »
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The St Matthew Passion Part 2. No 68. Chorus
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Very good adaption of the classic novel
8 March 2013 | by williambailey888See all my reviews

I saw the rough cut of the film some time ago. It was a private screening for the industry guys in the sound mixing studio, in LA. Recently I've watched the completed film at the Marbella Film Festival, Costa Del Sol, in Spain. The movie considerably improved - honestly, I didn't expect the final version of the film to capture the essence of Dostoevsky this good.

I'm glad to have seen the general idea of "Notes From The New World" being manifested successfully in the modern times and in a place like Los Angeles. The acting was surprisingly good and the build up of the suspense left me wondering what would happen after every scene. The scenery and cinematography were pleasing to my eyes.

We don't get to see these kinds of films very often and I hope the director Vitaly Sumin has more projects on his plate. Overall, it was a delightful experience for me!

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