Siberiade (Complete and Uncut Version)
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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.
Director: Andrei Konchalovsky ("My Name is Ivan" '63, "Tango and Cash" '89, "The Inner Circle" '91,
"The Odyssey" '97, "House of Fools" '03)
Running time: 206 min (2 tapes)
Rating: R (violence, sexual content)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The film gives us na insite of the old life in the Interior lands and peoplePublished 4 months ago by Bob Lacerda
''Siberiade'' is a four-part made-for-television Soviet-era film from 1979. This DVD set contains two DVDs (two parts per each DVD) and runs 260 minutes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SeekingTraveler
Excellent movie! Little bit slow at the beginning, but the story about the inhabitants of the little Siberian village was so touching and so full of humanity, it was really... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Edgar
Very long film. Requieres viewing in stages. A wonderful story that guides the viewer through the contrasting elements of the Russian soul.Published 17 months ago by Sandor
Wonderful film and excellent experience concerning this purchase.Published 20 months ago by Gareth Tardom