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Siberiade (Complete and Uncut Version) (1979)

Nikita Mikhalkov , Vitali Solomin , Andrey Konchalovskiy  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko, Lyudmila Gurchenko
  • Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy
  • Writers: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Valentin Ezhov
  • Producers: Erik Waisberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: Russian (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K2UEDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Siberiade (Complete and Uncut Version)" on IMDb

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Spanning more than six decades of Russian history encompassing the Bolshevik Revolution, Siberiade is Andrei Konchalovsky's (Runaway Train) passionate and ambitious examination of the Soviet spirit, as represented in two families of opposing ideologies: the proletariat Ustyuzhanins and the wealthy Solomins. Through their multi-generational conflicts and alliances, Konchalovsky dramatizes the evolution of the Russian people, bound together by the common struggle for survival and faithfulness to the motherland. Yet Siberiade is more than an immense historical epic. It is a hauntingly beautiful spectacle reminiscent of the finest woks of visionary filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky (whose Andrei Roublev was co-written by Konchalovsky). Though cinematographer Levan Paatashvili's lens, the Siberian wilderness becomes a mesmerizing universe unto itself, whose forests and swamps are populated by near-mythical characters. Tied to ancient tradition, these spirits seek to protect the countryside from the ravaging forces of time and technology. When a rural village is invaded by an oil-drilling crew that encroaches upon their hallowed burial grounds, generating conflict between ancestral reverence for the earth and government-ordained industrialization. Siberiade comes to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, to be exiled to this Siberia! October 9, 2003
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Once one gets past the required Marxist dialectic ("rich people bad, poor people good"), there is nothing less than splendid about this Soviet film. The cinematography alone is breathtaking, and the irony of the more adventuresome characters' constant refrain, "They can't exile you any further than Siberia!" is not lost.
The "underdog" family in the film produces men in each generation who shake their fist at their village, rhetorically, and try to get away, but they are always pulled back somehow. As the revolutionary Nikolai says to his young son Alexei, "It's not a good place, but it's the best place for us."
The acting is first rate. Grief, loss, hope, and faith are equally represented throughout the film. Most of the actors are more low-key than in Hollywood films (a fact that allows the Siberian woodlands and scenes of village life, as well as stock film of national events, to play out much of the story). But they do not lack passion. Especially touching is a scene of a youngster grieving for his father. The young actor gives a performance beyond his years.
The recurrent themes and beautiful scenery and music (folk during the rural scenes, electronic during the sped-up, sepia- tinted stock footage) make the six hours of film very easy to digest. Konchalovsky's Siberiade suggests a cinematic Tchaikovsky symphony, with its alternating poignant romance, pathos, and an ending of hopefulness.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made. August 12, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Not only does this cover historical context but also the cyclical nature of life and the various effects of cultural changes that dramatically change the environment we live and function in. The film manages to address self-discovery, revolution, the fact that things do not truly ever change as well as the incredibly damaging effect of some people's motives and ensuing actions on our environment, both physically and mentally. It does all this without forcing situations and uses the natural pace of the story line to accentuate the points it wishes to express. Truly amazing and despite its length one feels like it came and went like an hour and a half film. Once the film grips you it has the ability to change lives.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A historical epic film not to be missed January 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film takes place in a very remote corner of Siberia, and covers several generations of families living there. There is so much to this historical epic that it is hard to focus on any one point in the movie. Beginning with the remote village and the conflict between two families who have never seen the outside world, it goes on to cover the revolution and two world wars. It also shows the discovery of the great oil and gas fields of western Siberia, but never loses the theme of the interaction between the two main families in the movie and how each event affects their relationships. The movie has a dreamlike and symbolic quality in the style of Tarkovsky, without as much of a dizzying effect, and is never dull.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary February 10, 2003
By Nan
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film in Madrid, in 1979... in Russian with Spanish sub-titles and at the time I spoke no Russian and hardly any Spanish. But no matter, it instantly became my all time favorite movie. I saw the original 6 hour version in two evenings... and it wasn't a minute too long. The main "character" is really the natural splendor of Siberia.... it is a visual jewel. I have since seen cut versions... at various film festivals... the 4 hour version, and the 3 hour version. I long to see the full 6 hour version again. Worth every minute.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the last great Russian historical dramas. August 23, 2003
By Vlad
Format:VHS Tape
Category: Historical drama
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky ("My Name is Ivan" '63, "Tango and Cash" '89, "The Inner Circle" '91,
"The Odyssey" '97, "House of Fools" '03)
Year: 1979
Running time: 206 min (2 tapes)
Rating: R (violence, sexual content)
Grade: A
Starring: Vitaly Solomin, Sergei Shakurov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Ludmila Gurchenko
Winner of 1979 Cannes Film Festival (Special Jury Prize)
My point: One of the last great Russian historical dramas
Over 6 decades of the history of the great Russian land and the country USSR through the lives of two families in a small Siberian village. Two opposite families: Ustuganins, the pure ones; and Solomins, the rich ones. The story of life, love, betrayal, happiness and pain.
This film is very long and very slow. Cinematography is excellent, but it doesn't bother you... it is only helping you to get into the story and the beauty of the Russian land.
If you love good films, if you are interested in history and Russia? A must se.
"Vlad"
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw this film when I was 7 years old, in a funky theatre in SF. My parents took me and my best friend and we had no idea what we were about to experience. I am now 30 and can say that certain imagery from this film is as indelibly imprinted on my memory as events that have occurred in my own life. In college I studied film and can trace my earliest desires to make films of my own to the emotions and sensory intoxication of seeing this film. It captures the amazing history of a continent in a very personal and real sense. It terrifies and triumphs and most of all makes the cinematic experience one that you will carry with you for a long time. After 15 years of searching for a copy of this film a friend of mine suggested Amazon.... If only I could get my local artsy-fartsy theatre to screen it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Kinda slow but its still a good Movie.
Published 1 day ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent drama but long and drawn out
The movie starts with an oil rig explosion then jumps back to the beginning of the century in Siberia. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Black
2.0 out of 5 stars A big glorious epic, but not always easy to follow.
I like the concept of a big multi-generational Russian epic, but the result is disjointed and not always easy to follow. There is, however, some excellent acting.
Published 3 months ago by Elkhart
5.0 out of 5 stars History is in the eyes of the beholders
This film is probably a master piece. To summarize the history of Russia and the Soviet Union in some four odd hours is in itself a miracle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery thanks
I bought this movie as a gift .I hope it will be watched by my friend with interest. Thank You
Published 6 months ago by anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great triumphs of cinema
A masterpiece in every aspect, this is an epic film that has very few equals. It is not a 'tool' of the Soviet state, as some reviewers imply - far from it, "Siberiade" is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by phreejax
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Film
This is a great Russian epic; the version on Amazon is not as long as the original version (we borrowed from the Central Library of Los Angeles).
Published 8 months ago by Katherine Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
tis a great movie. part 1 is better than part 2. the beginning is the best part. i highly recommend this.
Published 12 months ago by Vood
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing and disjointed
As a classic it really does not cut it.
The movie had its moments but was poorly edited and directed. Would not call it a classic.
Published 14 months ago by G Holleran
5.0 out of 5 stars Siberiade
An intriguing film, about a stunning part of the world.
Siberia is so vast, I had trouble imagining how Konchalovsky would tackle his story, which is centred on one small... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ian
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