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Taxi Blues (1990)

Constantin Asponsky , Alexandre Bouianov , Pavel Lounguine  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Constantin Asponsky, Alexandre Bouianov, Lydia Ejevskaya, Nicolai Ejevsky, Sergei Galkin
  • Directors: Pavel Lounguine
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HM2CCO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taxi Blues" on IMDb

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Surrounded by hustlers and black marketers, Shlykov (Piotr Zaitchenko), a hard-working, anti-semitic taxi driver, is pushed over the edge when Lyosha (Piotr Mamonov), a Jewish saxophonist, stiffs him on a fare. Enraged, Shlykov tracks down the freeloading musician and forces him to pay off the debt through physical labor. Despite their prejudices, the two develop a bizarre love-hate relationship and ultimately realize they aren't so different after all.

Set behind the Iron Curtain, this Cannes award-winning film by Pavel Lounguine (The Island, Tycoon: A New Russian,) was hailed by The New York Times as "a haunting travelogue filled with raw, pitiless glimpses of a troubled society."

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great nuanced film December 15, 2013
A great nuanced film that submerges you into the world of late USSR. Will be a lot more appreciated by the Russians who actually lived there during that time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Taxi Blues (1990) ... Pavel Lungin ... Koch Lorber" December 2, 2008
Koch Lorber Films presents "TAXI BLUES" (1 October 1990) (110 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- This film shows the conflict and forming of a friendship between two opposites --- Ivan is old Russia: thick, dour, hard-working, often brutish; he misses Communism --- He drives a taxi and one night meets Alexi, a new Russian, a musician, an alcoholic, irresponsible --- Alexi stiffs Ivan for the fare, so Ivan tracks him down and a love hate relationship ensues --- When Alexi lets the bath water run over in Ivan's flat and Ivan must pay 500 rubles for repairs, he tries to force Alexi into day labor to repay him --- It's hopeless. Then, suddenly, Alexi is discovered, goes on a jazz tour of America, becomes a celebrity, and returns in triumph --- Ivan longs to renew the friendship, and it looks as if he may get what he wants --- I think this film goes much deeper than just showing what life was like in the USSR; the two characters can be found in almost every culture in the world today --- Excellent performances by both Zajchenko and Mamonov. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Semitic Produce December 28, 2009
Love-hate story between ethnic Russian taxi-driver and local Jew-talented saxophonist, reflecting prejudice and time of the nineties the USSR was on a brink of collapse.

This Russian-French produce is rather an anti-Semitic opus than attempt to comprehend relations properly from any perspective.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable September 9, 2009
Stay way from this jumbled and disjointed subtitled film which is filled with lots of meaningless violence and overdramatic acting. I was pretty hard pressed to detect any of the sentimentality or sensitive inter-ethnic dynamics which are supposed to be the hallmark of this movie.
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