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The musical numbers are bright, smart, effective -- and very different in theme and style, one from the next -- while the visuals are rich and colorful and the content of the movie encompasses everything from family to politics to sex to procreation (very interestingly handled, that last one). Performances are all they should be, and the finale, conflating music and protest in a marvelous time line, is one for the books: hugely entertaining and moving, too. If the musical, Hair, comes to mind, don't be surprised. HIpsters is equally good -- and also wildly exotic for most western tastes.
There was one scene though that I couldn't understand - maybe someone can help me. Towards the end, Mel sets up a meeting between his friend Bob and an American, so Bob can buy jazz records. Mel leaves and the transaction begins. Immediately the police swoop and arrest Bob and the American.
My question - Was Mel working for the police and did he set up Bob? If so, then it is a sour blemish on Mel's otherwise decent nature. It also makes me wonder about Mel's off-hand recounting of the bad things that happened to his other friends. Was Mel the cause of their misfortunes too?
If not, and it was just a coincidence that Bob was arrested at a meeting arranged by Mel, then the scene should have been left out because of what it wrongly implies.
Can anyone reassure me that Mel was an all round good guy?
This musical has high production values for modern Russian cinema and uses some very exaggerated representations of the uniformity of Stalinist life and the vivacity of the dandies that emerged during the thaw under Khrushchev to overstate the turbulence in society. An imaginative repurpose of Nautilus Pompilius' pro-democracy Скованные Одной Цепью into a song used to express Komsomol uniformity inverts the viewer's context.
The closing song is particularly progressive and could even be somewhat controversial in Russian, embracing modern social differences where the mainstream society struggles with alternative lifestyles.
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Two cultural references which may not be easily recognized. In the USSR bootleg copies of western music, in the form of playable phonograph records, were made on x-ray film. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Archegos
Gorgeous colors and fashions. 1950's Moscow drab communistic life is uplifted by boogie woogie dance and music and wild rebellion. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mary McGreevey
The video arrived in good shape and plays perfectly. It is filmed in Russian with English subtitles. I understand that it is not commercially available elsewhere. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carolyn
Great movie, great music. Best Russian Musical I have ever seen.Published 22 months ago by Christopher Hockley
Saw this movie at the Palm Springs International Film Festival & loved it! So glad it's available now in the U.S. Fun movie with great music.Published on April 10, 2014 by Kenneth Roberts
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