Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984)
2xDVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC, 4:3 (720x480) VBR | 02:06:41 | 12.7 Gb
Audio: AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps (each): Русский, English, Français
Subs: Русский, English, Français, Deutsch, Español, Italianо, Português,
Nederlands, Svenska, العربية, 日本語, 中文, עברית
Genre: Drama

The film is based on the play "A Dowerless Girl" by the prominent 19th-century Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky. The beautiful Larissa Ogudalova, daughter of an impoverished, widowed noblewoman, living in a small town on the Volga, is madly in love with Sergei Sergeyevich Paratov. He reciprocates the girl’s feelings as long as it suits his purposes. Paratov keeps secret his engagement to another girl and just passes time with Larissa. At the climactic moment, when the girl is expecting him to explain himself, he leaves town to go inspect his estate. At the same time, Larissa is being proposed to by Karandyshev, whom she despises. Starring as Paratov is the famous actor and director Nikita Mikhalkov. The film is enriched with a lot of beautiful music, with romances which had been written expressly for this motion picture and became very popular after the release of the film.

Consider the plot of a very beautiful young woman, whose life ahead is full of promise.. But consider also that this girl's life is actually torn apart by events which seem (apparently) out of her immediate control, like if fate was conspiring against her at every other corner. Even her mother, willingly or not, at some point "sells" her -though like every other mother she blindly believes doing what's best for her daughter's future. Zhestokij Romans is sinonimous to drama: just watch the final scene, which is so powerful, telling and poetic…

I especially enjoyed the Gipsy scenes. All that dancing, joy and vodka were very moving in this film. Just as Yugoslav director Emir Kosturica has immortalised the Gipsy people (i.e. "Underground") we also see in "Zhestokij" droves of joyful Gipsies carrying everywhere they go that sound which is at the same time melancholic and joyous. Some other scenes reminded me of "Svadba" (Pavel Lounguine) a film which also features lots of partying and rivers of vodka despite the imminent disgrace and bitterness of life. I even found some parallels with "Luna Papa" another film from the former Soviet republics in which a young and pretty girl has to rapidly mature and leap from childhood into adulthood.

The Gipsy scenes also served as a very effective contrast between joy and doom. While they kept dancing, tragedy was occurring elsewhere. It's like they say: one man's happiness is another man's suffering.

Review by Jorge Reyes, Amazon.com

IMDB 8,1/10
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Director: Eldar Ryazanov

Writers: Eldar Ryazanov

Cast: Alisa Freindlikh, Larisa Guzeyeva, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Myagkov, Alexei Petrenko,
Victor Proskurin, Georgy Burkov, Tatiana Pankova, Borislav Brondukov, Alexander Pankratov-Chyorny,
Alexander Pyatakov, Yuri Sarantsev, Olga Volkova


Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9

Жестокий романс / Zhestokiy romans / A Cruel Romance (1984) 2xDVD9


Special Features:

- Director’s comments
- Interview with the photography director V. Alissov and the leading actress L. Guzeyeva
- Biography of And documentary about A. Ostrovsky
- Episode of “The dowerless Girl”(1937)
- Filmographies
- Photo Album

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