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Konstantin and Mouse

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In 1972 a collection of Russian poetry by five young St. Petersburg poets was published in New York . The book was called The Living Mirror. Two of the young poets Konstantin Kuzminsky and Josef Brodsky soon immigrated to the United States . Josef Brodsky became famous, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and died of heart attack nine years later. Such a fulfilled destiny has eluded Konstantin, so far. L'enfant terrible of the Russian literati Konstantin K. Kuzminsky lives in a tiny upstate New York village, on the bank of the Delaware River in an old shanty house near a railway crossing. His freedom is complete. His devotion to art is absolute. He lives with his books, his art collection, his cats and his poetry. And his wife, Mouse.

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A deliciously unappetizing look at Konstantin Kuzminsky (Kostya) who is, undeniably, the ultimate wasted linguistic genius of his Motherland during his generation. Some day, after Kostya is gone, there may follow the well-deserved acclaim and accolades to his life's work --the odorless laurels of after-death recognition and respect; but not while Kostya - the persona - is still able to speak! That would never do for our society! Russia, as a rule, loves to reward the dead! The living Kostya will remain the outcast genius in the world ruled by mainstream mediocrity. His story is worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy. My favorite of the film is Mouse, a humble gentle soul, who, despite the Bohemian chaos that constitutes Kostya's irrational existence, loves him so unconditionally -- my only wish is that the director somehow twist their story into commercially successful romantic tragedy/comedy,so that Kostya and Mouse move to a better home and use hired help to clean it regularly and Mouse can learn to luxuriate. Marber1111 --IMDb.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Konstantin Kuzminsky, Emma (Mouse) Kuzminsky, Yuri Shevchuk
  • Directors: Andrei Zagdansky
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: AZ Films LLC
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005164VEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Konstantin and Mouse" is simply a wonderful film. It does not matter if you have never heard of Konstantin Kuzminsky or do not care about Russian poetry. The film is beautiful and well paced and the music is simple and effective. And if you do know about Konstantin Kuzminsky and you do care for Russian poetry ... all the better. From Leningrad to Austin to New York City and presently, to the hamlet of Lordville, New York, where he lives with his wife, Emma, aka Mouse, Kuzminsky embodies the spirit of the poet as seer, witness, and provocateur. His memory is prodigious, his performances are outrageous, and his judgments are both scathing and fair. What is unfair is that Kuzminsky is not as well known as his fellow Leningrad poet, Joseph Brodsky (both born in 1940). And then there is Mouse, who when she met him in Leningrad, fell in love with a poet who swallowed frogs. She is not so much the silent partner, but rather the laughing partner with a camera. Mr. Zagdansky puts everything into satisfying context in this aptly subtitled `documentary in 33 performances.' Highly recommended!
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The quirky existential documentary about two eccentric people, their histories, accomplishments and love. It's witty and funny and mostly about the poet - the living spectacle of a wonderful and powerfully commanding character. On one side he is direct and to some degree manipulative and repulsive, but on the other beautiful, insightful and universally kind. You have to open your eyes and see both as they are both very interesting sides of the poet that makes this movie so interesting to watch.
Kuzminski recites poetry like it is music - his rhythm, use of consonants, his timing of it all, is completely capturing and very beautiful even when reciting works not his own.
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