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A unique and wonderfully upbeat musical comedy by Shostakovich, Cheryomushki (Cherry Town) is a delightful musical comedy written in 1959 and set in the suburbs of Moscow, where young couples find dream homes provided by the state. Filmed in color in 1963

Special Features

  • The original 1963 film of the musical
  • Shostakovich chronology
  • Excerpt from Shostakovich's Katerina Izmailova
  • Excerpt from "Shostakovich Against Stalin"
  • Booklet

Product Details

  • Actors: Olga Zabotkina, Vladimir Vasilyev, Marina Khotuntseva, Nikolai Rabinovich, Grigori Bortnikov
  • Directors: Gerbert Rappoport
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Russian (PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: Russian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OQF37K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shostakovich - Cheryomushki (Cherry Town)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The soundtrack is great.
-Misha
We can suspend disbelief easily with all the clever singing...and composing.
Audioampbuilder
Shostakovich is simply the 2oth centrury best composer.
Basili Andrea

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By -Misha on January 21, 2008
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"Cheryomushki" (1963) is a wonderful film with a wonderful story. I found that I really loved the music and the songs were in my head for days. The film is basically a light musical romantic comedy, with lots of singing and dancing but it offers a glimpse into life in the USSR in the 1960's. I highly recommend it. Many people might think that a Soviet film could somehow be drab or depressing, but this film is anything but; it is extremely uplifting and even inspiring. The film is done in Russian, but the subtitles are so well done that English speakers will hardly notice that.

Apparently Shostakovich is widely regarded as the one of the best composers of the 20th century. After viewing this film I did a bit of research on him and I stumbled on a DVD biography. I was amazed by the man's life story. He was indeed an amazing talent, and this film proves it, even if nothing else did. "Cheryomushki" is a film to own. I can't recommend it highly enough.

The transfer to DVD is virtually flawless, which is unusual for a film made back in 1963 (or for any film). The soundtrack is great. I read the small print and the DVD was made in Europe, in Western Germany, but of course the version sold here is set up to work with American DVD players (region 1-6 or basically the whole world - NTSC).
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Galina on August 31, 2007
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"Cheryomushki" (1963) directed by Gerbert Rappaport - is a screen adaptation of the Musical (operetta) written by one of the greatest Composers of the 20th Century, Dmitriy Shostakovich. The music, indeed is splendid, the voices are marvelous and some of the duets are simply great (Lida and Boris singing and dancing in the costumes of the different epochs). The film itself is a typical Soviet comedy of the 60th which plot revolves around four couples who all try to move into an apartment in the new neighborhood, Cherymushki. This comedy is entertaining and well acted but too sugary and lightweight to be truly memorable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DPG on July 12, 2007
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This DVD is NOT, as stated by Amazon, Region 2 encoded.
It is an NTSC Region 0(1-6) DVD, and is playable on all standard DVD players. Don't know why it has been listed as Region 2.
I just received my copy from Amazon, and am very pleased. It's great to have this entertaining film and intersting historical document finally available to Shostakovich fans in the west.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bowden on May 23, 2012
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Stalin's favourite movie, one that he apparently saw over a hundred times, was Volga-Volga (1938) a chillingly optimistic musical set around a song writing competition held in Moscow. According to Danga Ranga's entertaining documentary East Side Story (1997), only 20 similar examples appeared from the eastern bloc over 40 years - a genre doomed through official indifference, hesitation over subject matter as well as the understandable inexperience of the filmmakers involved.

In the late 1950s Shostokovich, who'd written a number of prestigious film scores since New Babylon (1929) as well as the landmark and scandalous opera Lady Macbeth Of Mtsenk, composed this musical comedy set amidst the newly arrived inhabitants of a half-built housing estate. It was a job of work to the great artist, not on the level of his more celebrated pieces, although his characteristic irony and gifts as an orchestrator makes him an ideal composer for the subject. If, in later years, he will say this operetta made him "cringe with shame" and term his collaborators Mass and Chervisnky as "just a couple of Soviet humourists," 'Cherry Town' nevertheless proves popular and in 1963 appears as the film Cheryomushki directed by Gerbert Rappaport.

Communist musicals were rarely, if ever exported and even today I think this is the only example widely available with subtitles. It's a shame as, with all their shortcomings, from this example and snippets seen of others, they have a vaguely camp appeal. One longs to see Revue um Mitternacht (aka: Midnight Review), made the same year as the Shostokovich. Like Cherry Town, this is mildly satirical, a playful story about the problems in getting a musical project off the ground and then onto the screen in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Audioampbuilder on January 10, 2013
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If you love music, you may well appreciate a wide genre of tastes and styles. If so, you do want this one. Others mention some weak points, but remember, this is a nostalgic look back at the fifties, much the way we might enjoy a period piece. The opening score, titles, and scene vingettes may be a bit off-putting..seems to blare propaganda with tinny oomph-pah like sounds..but soon gets down to the business of light hearted comedy...and great singing, great little tunes, and quite memorable ones. The romantic lead has a superb voice. His buddy, so to speak, has a very high range tenor, floating around among the E.F,G, and A with ease. But the blonde, happy communist lead has by far the most melifluous tenor. Many sparkling scenes, visually and melodically. I'll be back later with a more detailed eview, but had to log in right away, and say how pleased I am that I took a chance on this. I found myself wishing there were more of this available...a tinge of sentimental sweet, slightly tacky 50's stuff, and oh so, 'aren't we all happy communists' kind of shtuck...it's really more palatable than I make it sound here. It's a delight to watch and , to my surprise to listen to. One lovely duet with the two romantic leads, starts with a distinctly Russion song..if you heard only one track, and this was it, you would recongize right away, hey that's Russions"...the tune then segues into two or three more styles of music, as in jazz,, and fifties be-bop cool dudes...all in one duet. Very clever. I'm reasonably sure you wil like this little bon bon..though we all know life was a good deal more grim than portrayed here. We can suspend disbelief easily with all the clever singing...and composing.
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