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Monday, August 22, 2011

NIKITA MIKHALKOV


see above link for details and filmography...
IMHO..the most consistent of current Russian directors...25 years of quality films...some even seen in the West!!!
all are visual/artistic/sensual/sublime/evocative...YADA...YADA...YADA!!!
NIKITA as director/writer/actor....what a dynamo...here are some must sees, along with a clip/trailer!!!
#1. UNFINISHED PIECE FOR PLAYER PIANO (1977)
based on the first play of ANTON CHEKOV (PLATONOV)...a visual and literary treat...only a Russian could make this film!!!

#2. OBLOMOV (1981)
from the Goncharov novel, the story of an aristocrat with too much time on his hands, who tries to discover the meaning of life!!!

#3. DARK EYES (1987)
italian with french subtitles???
based on CHEKOV short stories...previously made as LADY WITH A DOG..
MASTROIANNI is brilliant!!!!

#4. CLOSE TO EDEN [URGA]  (1991)
Russian truck driver meets MONGOL barbarians???   DERZU UZALA revisited!!!!

#5. BURNT BY THE SUN (1994)
I would call it "fear and loathing under STALIN"...
winner BEST FOREIGN LANGAGE FILM..
a masterpiece!!!

#6. 12 (2008)
a Russian take on TWELVE ANGRY MEN...
MIKHALKOV rewrote the screenplay of Reginald Rose and gives Sidney Lumet a run for his money!!!

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