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  • Actors: Anton Shagin, Oksana Akinshina, Eugenia Khirivskaya, Maksim Matveyev, Igor Voynarovskiy
  • Directors: Valeriy Todorsvskiy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AIANILK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz. Straight-laced 20-year-old Communist Mels finds these brazen 'hipsters' shocking until he falls under the spell of one, namely Polly, and joins the new revolution. Soon he's become one of them, cavorting in the latest flashy fashions, sporting an enormous pompadour and wailing on the saxophone.

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The film is slick and fun and sexy.
H. M. Neely
Something contradicting this agenda, has no chance of being published in the west.
Ernst Wiltmann
HIpsters is equally good -- and also wildly exotic for most western tastes.
James vanMaanen

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ernst Wiltmann on March 9, 2013
The western media is spoonfeeding us on a constant diat of the gloomey doomey past on what went on behind the iron curtain, no matter what. Something contradicting this agenda, has no chance of being published in the west. So in this movie we can take a glimpse at the "hippster period" how it was. I can only speak for east germany, where people experienced this period, pretty much just like it. I loved the muscic growing up in the 50's to the early 60's, and I really loved to see the girls in those pretty and very sexy dresses. I remember, that almost all girls dressed in the wonderful petticoat fashion, and looked beautiful, compeating with fluffyness.
I fondly remember the spontaneous beachparties, with the crankable recordplayers and barn parties where we kids where not allowed to go to, but we got secretly up and watched through the cracks, and getting into trouble.
The film portray's a conflict between the socialist goverment and the hippsters, that perhaps is a little bit exagerated, since I had the feeling, that it was more of a generational conflict.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJF on December 28, 2013
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The movie is great, but I don't have anything to add to what other reviewers have said about it, with the exception of my title above. I had a great deal of difficulty finding that information myself, so I thought posting it might be helpful to others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James vanMaanen on July 10, 2013
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An amazement you should not miss, if you care about movies, music, musicals or protest, HIPSTERS is the real thing -- and achieves that by often being creatively "unreal" and all over the place. Taking its cue from a (rather small, I would guess) movement back in 1950s Russia, in which teens and slightly older young people strove to "make a difference" by adopting odd clothing and musical tastes thought to be favored by American youth, the movie tracks a young man and his girl, members of the The Young Communist League or some such group, who break up a party of hipsters, after which the boy becomes enchanted with the style and one special young woman who embodies it.

The musical numbers are bright, smart, effective -- and very different in theme and style, one from the next -- while the visuals are rich and colorful and the content of the movie encompasses everything from family to politics to sex to procreation (very interestingly handled, that last one). Performances are all they should be, and the finale, conflating music and protest in a marvelous time line, is one for the books: hugely entertaining and moving, too. If the musical, Hair, comes to mind, don't be surprised. HIpsters is equally good -- and also wildly exotic for most western tastes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Neely on May 13, 2013
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I love this film. Its a wild and terrific musical set in the Soviet Union during (I think) the Khrushchev era. In this time, groups of wild, Western-swing music-loving Soviet youth dress up in fantasy versions of Western dress (a lot of colorful Hawaiian prints and eye-jarring wildly colored tweed suits) and go out dancing and partying to bootleg records of American jazz. The film is slick and fun and sexy. Undoubtedly the abilities of the kids to live large while flying under the radar of the Soviet authorities is exaggerated somewhat...just as the film's young hero "Mels" manages to learn to play saxaphone rather well in what appears to be an astonishingly short time...but the basic idea is honest enough, as anyone who's seen the documentary "East Side Story" can understand. Definitely a fun, enjoyable, well-made film with some very appealing young Russian actors. See it, and you too will know what is meant by "boogies on bones."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Falcon on June 7, 2013
The movie's opening scene is set in one of the Soviet's era "Culture park", basically, a place where people would come to dance, watch theater, take a walk, have an ice cream and enjoy the scenery. The main hero of the movie, Mels, dressed in a typical Soviet 50's garb is part of the group of college students who have taken upon themselves the noble task of cleansing the society that has been in pursuit of Communism from undesirable elements, the kids of their age who idolize Western values-music, manners, and clothing. As Mels pursues one of such elements, a beautiful Polina through the dark park which the cinematography has transformed into an enchanted forest, it feels that he too becomes enchanted by Polina and everything that comes with her. I watched this movie 3 times-by myself, with hubby and then with my kids, ages 13 and 10. The movie is very colorful, with amazing score and top Russian actors playing the older generation-Mels', Bob's and Fred's fathers are literally creme de la crop when it comes to the middle aged actors of Russia. And Oksana Anichkina who plays Polina, I have first discovered her in the movie "Sisters", the directorial debut of the Sergei Bodrov Jr, whose untimely tragic death still resonates with many fans of the movies where he starred and then directed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Roberts on April 10, 2014
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Saw this movie at the Palm Springs International Film Festival & loved it! So glad it's available now in the U.S. Fun movie with great music.
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