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  • Actors: Aleksey Guskov, Melanie Laurent
  • Directors: Radu Mihaileanu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Y2SDX6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a mere cleaning man at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Chatelet Theater in Paris has invited the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. He wants a young violinist virtuoso, Anne-Marie Jacquet, to accompany his old Jewish or Gypsy musicians. If they all overcome the hardships ahead this very special concert will be a triumph.

Customer Reviews

Excellent film; heartwarming and very well acted.
Judith R. Greenspoon
I enjoyed the movie, I would recommend the movie, it is more than just the music and love for music.
dianahotsandz
The Film is subtle and quiet in creating these characters.
David N. Krafchick

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on June 30, 2010
Format: DVD
Radu Mihailenau built a demolishing, irreverent and sentimental portrait that began in the extinct U.R.S.S. Twenty-five years after losing his position as the conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra for his refusal to fire the Jewish musicians, a once-famous musical director attempts to stage a late-career comeback. Andreï Semoinovitch Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was at the top of his game when the Soviet regime ended his career. Two decades later, he's working as a janitor in the same theater where he once conducted. In his spare time, Andreï and his wife stage mock communist demonstrations to entertain the locals. When Andreï happens across an invitation to Paris' famed Théâtre du Châtelet, he contacts his old orchestra friends in hopes of staging a performance that will bring the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation.

During the development of the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, a sudden and unpleasant fact occurs. Such event will withstand in the mind of an untamed director as well as his musicians by then.

The movie is developed like a Symphony in three movements. The first two deal with the efforts against the bureaucracy and obstacles to surmount to materialize a dream to perform a concert at the famous Hall in Paris. Hovered by a fine irony and bitter humor until the dramatic conclusion.

A magnificent and original movie. An invaluable fine jewel. One of the best films of the year.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By jjmmkk on May 30, 2011
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I love this film so much I recently ordered an all region dvd player for no other reason than to enable me to watch the European region 2 version since the Weinstein Co. in its dubious wisdom seemed determined not to release this delicious film on dvd in the USA. Happily that is now an unnecessary purchase. This movie is not without its imperfections, but it is also uniquely satisfying as it swings with gusto from broad farce and roughneck socio/political silliness to its deeply moving finale. I defy anyone with the least shred of appreciation for music to watch the last 20 minutes without tears rolling down your cheeks. It is difficult to believe the director is the same man who made the remarkable Go, Live and Become (Va Vis et Deviens), which is one of the most serious and powerful films of the last decade.

It is now Oct. 10, 2011 and I am adding the following paragraph to my original May 30 review. Elsewhere Simina Farcasiu complains about the cuts to this release. Having watched this region 1 dvd three or four times by now I became curious and since I already owned the all region dvd player mentioned at the beginning I purchased the region 2 disc and just began watching it. Simina is absolutely correct. After only 10 minutes I have counted about a dozen meaningless cuts, some only seconds in length, which serve no purpose but to mindlessly streamline a narrative which does not need streamlining. In fact they weaken the impact significantly. The film remains a delight but so much more so in the uncut European release. My suggestion for those who care about such things is to purchase a PIONEER 420 -K all region dvd player. It's only about $80 (! There will certainly be other occasions when owning it will be useful. Often there are films available in Europe that are totally unavailable here and with this machine they are all playable. For a serious cinephile it would seem a no brainer.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Simina Farcasiu on July 29, 2011
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The rating is not of the movie but of the travesty this DVD makes of it. I saw this movie on a plane flight and couldn't wait to buy the DVD to share with my family. I am deeply disappointed in the inexplicable cuts made to almost all the scenes involving the "King of Gas" (played by Vlad Ivanov), which truncated both the comedy and the social commentary, as well as other small but idiotic cuts, which destroyed some of the nuances of the film. I am not sure what the point of mutilating the movie is; surely the complete film would fit on a DVD! Extremely disappointing and annoying.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
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I don't usually review movies, but this one touched in me a range of emotional buttons that I am making an exception. The music first of all - not only the powerful performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. It plays an important role in the story and its primary characters. The other music pieces of the sound track can get under your skin, such as the gypsy dance music, nicely integrated as another theme in the story. While the events are set in post-perestroika Russia, the shadows of the past hang over all the characters, yet in particular over Andreï Filipov, the former "Maestro" of the famous Bolshoï orchestra, convincingly portrayed by Alexei Guskov. It was exactly that violin concerto and its performance under Filipov that was crudely interrupted some twenty years earlier by Breshnev himself "to shame the orchestra". The fall-out was much more dramatic than the incident itself and not only Andreï has suffered ever since. He now works as a janitor in the Concert Hall that was integral to his fame in the past. An intercepted fax from Paris with an invitation to the Bolshoï to perform there, launches the bitter-sweet, satirical, with hilarious moments of light relief, depiction of Russian ways of doing things. The young Paris violinist, Anne-Marie Jacquet (Mélanie Laurent) has been asked to play the virtuoso part... why? Flashbacks add important depth to the human story of friendship and music.

One has to suspend disbelief and go with the flow... then one can enjoy the funny aspects, the ironies and the deep emotions that will come to bear in members of the orchestra and others. It is a greatly enjoyable and also heartwarming story, beautifully acted with a flair of Paris and the Russian soul. [Friederike Knabe]
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Yes, this film has been transferred to DVD to its original aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Running time: 1:47mins. Original soundtrack: Russian/French. Subtiltled: English.
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