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The Vanished Empire (Ws Sub) (2008)

Alexander Lyapin , Lidia Milyuzina , Karen Shakhnazarov  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Alexander Lyapin, Lidia Milyuzina, Ivan Kupreyenko
  • Directors: Karen Shakhnazarov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W1HBHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Vanished Empire (Ws Sub)" on IMDb

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ONE OF RUSSIA S SIGNATURE VOICES... with a wry attitude toward life under the Soviet umbrella. --Michael Atkinson, BOSTON PHOENIX

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Emotionally acute, grittily realistic, and surprisingly lyrical, The Vanished Empire is a (wise, elegiac film - The New York Times) that depicts a teenage boy s stumbling journey into adulthood from the streets of early 70 s Soviet Moscow, to a lost city in the timeless Uzbekistan desert, to a post-communist Russian future that seemed impossible during the height of the cold war. Trapped by obligations to his pre-teen brother, archaeologist single mother and aging grandfather, the illicit temptations of youth, and the social hypocrisy of life in a USSR fifteen years away from its own inevitable transformation, 18 year old Sergey rebels by sidestepping responsibility altogether. Aided and enabled by the privileged, westernized diplomat s son Kostya and straight-laced schoolmate Styopa, Sergey pursues girls, vodka, pot, and Western rock and roll with equal abandon. But then the arrival of gorgeous, innocent Lyuda threatens to break Sergey out of his rootless cycle of teenage kicks, even as it tests his already tenuous connection to friends, family, past, and future. Working in widescreen, director Karen Shakhnazarov (Jazzman, City Zero, The Rider Named Death) expertly recreates Brezhnev-era Moscow, captures the hypnotic otherworldliness of the West Asian desert, and crafts a bracingly unsentimental, humorous, and moving portrait of youth and country on the threshold of inevitable change.

2008 Russia 104 min. Color In Russian w/ English subtitles Letterboxed (1.85:1) Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad sub titles September 2, 2012
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For most Europeans the 60 and early 70s youth rebellion are as well known to them as are the history of their own country (if not better).
However for most people(as for me) what was going on with the youth in Russia at the time is a complete blank.
This movie gives a nice insight into that time in Russia.
Movie in general is great however the English subtitles are sometime shown for only a second and at other times they are outright wrong.
Yanina Kalganova as Katya is unbelievably beautiful in this movie, worth the watch just for her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Changing Generation August 15, 2012
1973 may have been the exact year Russian kids knew for certain that communism's oppressive rules were in permanent decline. As a result of being deprived of so many freedoms, they were even more preoccupied with sex, drugs, and rock & roll than the west. It just begs the question of how their attitudes evolved as adults. A great sequel could be made about the fall of 1989 and economic collapse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars under-the-table cultural diffusion October 7, 2011
By mmmtg07
I think this movie expresses the attitude of university students of 1970's USSR somewhat well. I gather this from a few reviews that I've read on Netflix from people that actually were there in the 70s. I originally watched this movie to get an idea of what sort of under-the-table cultural diffusion went on to impact the mind set of 1970's Russian young adults (historical analysis). They really did see our American and British goods as cooler than their own (Wranglers any one?). I do believe that our ideaologies were expressed well through our music and literature thus giving them the impression that their way of life was not nearly as "free" as they once saw it (Deep Purple and the Stones spring to mind). Really, in the end, many of them had it in mind that they wanted to: "go where they wanted to go! read what they wanted to read! and do what they wanted to do! they only lived once!" All in all, These were some of the of the more peaceful parts in the collapse of USSR.
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