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Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1982)

Vera Alentova , Irina Muravyova , Vladimir Menshov  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vera Alentova, Irina Muravyova, Aleksey Batalov, Raisa Ryazanova, Aleksandr Fatyushin
  • Directors: Vladimir Menshov
  • Writers: Vladimir Menshov, Valentin Chernykh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019G4TQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" on IMDb

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Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (edging out such formidable competitors as Kurosawa's Kagemusha, Truffaut's The Last Metro and Szabo's Confidence), Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears is Vladimir Menshov's enchanting drama of three women struggling to establish themselves in Russia's huge and often impersonal capital city. Liudmilla, Katerina and Antonina seem to have little in common, but are bound by a deep friendship and the shared dream that in Moscow they will somehow find happiness. Moscow follows their resourceful pursuit of professional and domestic bliss in 1958, then skips foward twenty years to see just how many of their dreams have come true. On one level Moscow works as a free-spirited melodrama in the classic Hollywood tradition, yet at the same time it offers something more. Beneath its charming exterior, the film is a truthful, moving portrait of the plight of women in Russia, depicted over the span of two decades.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a slice of life March 12, 2002
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This tender, and by turns funny and sad film never fails to make me laugh and cry. The 1981 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, it follows the life of three women, starting from 1958 in their youth, where they share a room in a worker's dormitory, then skipping 20 years, to how they've dealt with their lot in life, and what has become of their dreams.
The acting is fabulous, and Vera Alentova as Katerina is magnificent. One can feel her exhaustion, her heartbreak, and her incredible inner strength.
Perhaps this could be labeled a "woman's movie", because I think there are scenes that many women will relate to, and think, "I've been there". It's a story that could take place anywhere in the world, but the Russian settings, and the music (I adore the picnic scene !) are wonderful.
There is one huge flaw: The white subtitles sometimes fade into the picture and become unreadable, but I'm not deducting any stars, because the acting is so brilliant, that you won't have to understand Russian to know what is being said.
Some might find the final scenes unrealistic and far-fetched, but I would disagree. Life is full of bizarre coincidences and fated events...I find this film strikes a chord of truth, as well as being quite magical.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears June 13, 2004
By A Customer
I have watched this movie 20 times since it came out in 1980. This version is so good because the producers corrected the errors in the original subtitles. They were white letters on white tableclothes and white benches. It made it very difficut to read especially during some very critical scenes. That has been corrected in this DVD version. I highly recommend the subtitled version of this film over the English dubbed. The acting is so well done that the voice intonations are critical to the quality of the film. The dub-overs do not have those intonations that are so unique.
This is the tale of three Russian women who are very close friends and the paths they took in life. It spans over 20 years. The story could happen in almost any large city in the world, but it is an added touch that it takes place in Moscow during the Communist rule. One gets an interesting insight into life there at that time.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely slice of "Russianness" June 6, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
When I think about what it means to be Russian (and I am not Russian), I think of two movies. One is "Wartime Romance" and the other is "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears." There are quite a number of such moments in both films, but in "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears," my favorite moment is when a Russian man finds out that his girlfriend makes more money than he does. He goes on a vodka binge and nobody knows where he is. A friend of the girlfriend goes out to find the man, but has never met him. He finally finds the man's apartment and enters the room, where "Gogi" is still drinking. There is a moment of hostility, since Gogi does not know this man, but Gogi suddenly shrugs his shoulders and offers the stranger a drink. This ability to relate even to strangers is a wonderful part of what it means to be Russian.
"Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears" is an upbeat movie, and in this way is not typical of Russian movies in general. It was made with an international audience in mind. Consequently, it is a great film for American audiences, but not depressing enough for a Russian domestic film.
"I am so sad to be happy, and so happy to be sad" goes an old song about Russians. But "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" is a wonderful and happy film, where true love overcomes all problems. I recommend it highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, more deep than a soap, soap (got that?) January 20, 2003
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This is a touching, funny film that has been cast perfectly. The three main female players are wonderful in their execution, and Alexei Batalov (The Cranes are Flying) develops into the the film's hero in fine style. There may be some predictability here and there, but that also fits into this story of a woman who was used by a [man], became pregnant, had a daughter, became successful at work, and STILL found the love of her life in the end (see, some of us men are worth more than a casual glance). This is a fun movie based on a real life situation. I think it was handled well, and I hope you get to see it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average/below average release by KINO April 5, 2005
The film requires no introduction, however, the KINO "regular" edition (the special edition is out of print) is a bitter disappointment, moreso for the price it goes by. The subtitles are not optional (hardcoded into the mpeg) - so VERY poor DVD authoring workmanship there! Try to get the SE if possible (supposedly with extra features, and optional, multi-language subtitles.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE February 24, 2001
By EriKa
Format:VHS Tape
A rather long but worthwhile Russian production about several women who come to Moscow to become successful, maybe marry well (who knows?) and have lives. Their young lives are fun and entertaining, although one of them becomes pregnant, and the father is a playboy who will not acknowledge his paternity. Time passes, and the women come together again. Their lives have changed so much from when they were young, and things that seemed so promising when they were young suddenly seem tragic while things that were not at all fortuitous (like the woman having a baby on her own) turned out to be blessings. It has been a few years since I saw this film, so I don't remember a lot of the details, but I do know that this was a deftly crafted film with a very keen eye for the human experience and human frailty and the human capacity to overcome adversity and thrive. The story is moving, and if you can find this film, it is quite worthwhile to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The real Russia
This is a heart rending movie, especially if one has been in Russia and can feel the heart and soul of real Russia.
Published 1 month ago by D. Keeney
5.0 out of 5 stars great story, great acting!
watched this movie like 100 times, never gets old! introdused it to my american friends, they liked too. good for quite movie night with glass of wine.
Published 3 months ago by Olga M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Stale film from the central committee
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1979) is a stale, not so obvious propaganda film from the central committee, which was filled... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with good translation
I enjoyed a classic movie with the original Russian soundtrack. I've seen it a few times and I am sure I can watch it again! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dorina Worthy
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO SINGLE MOTHERS!
Dynamic,in any culture,any language.As a frequent russian visitor,I entirely agree,on this movies premises!God bless all those similiarly treated women!!! May they all prevail!!!
Published 10 months ago by John Tanis
5.0 out of 5 stars The film we all used to love...
This film is one of our sweetest family
memories: the one everybody was talking
about after it won an Oscar in Hollywood
in 1980, in the middle of the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by elisheva guggenheim
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating portrait of the lives of ordinary Russians during the...
"Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears" is a rarity, a fascinating and overtly non-political portrait of the lives of ordinary Russians in the 1950s and 1970s. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nils
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite movie
I finally decided to buy this classic movie when I got tired of watching it on the internet with the unreliable connection. I cannot get tired of this film, but that's just me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eva
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I saw this title for years but never felt like watching the movie. Now I've seen it. It's a wonderul movie in every way.
Published 14 months ago by James Carey
3.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Peristroilka Russian Culture Revealed
The storyline was a very simple and dated look into a Russian woman's pursuit of finding a husband within the context of the plight of women in Moscow. Read more
Published 14 months ago by STU CAMERON
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