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The Cold Summer of 1953
The Cold Summer of 1953
Actors: Alexander Proshkin, Anatoly Papanoy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2004     1hr 36min

Shortly after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, Lavrenty Beria, the omnipotent NKVD Minister, granted a broad amnesty. Left at large were hardened criminals previously convicted of grave offences, wreaking havoc in search of ...  more »


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Actors: Alexander Proshkin, Anatoly Papanoy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/06/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Russian
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A post-Soviet film from the Soviet Union
Donald Taylor | Virginia USA | 02/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This film was shot in 1987, when Russia was still part of the USSR. The film, however, is openly critical of Soviet authority. It couldn't have been made as little as a year earlier, but the makers decided to take a chance after Gorbachev and glasnost' came on the scene. Ultimately, not much happens in the film, although some blood is spilled. It does establish a certain atmosphere and mood. Virtually the entire story takes place in a miniscule Siberian village and involves a mere handful of characters. I was expecting the washed-out, grainy image of earlier Soviet films, but the image quality was quite good. Subtitles in about twenty languages are offerred, as well as dubbing in English and French. The only extra of note is a 15-minute interview with the director, who discusses how the film was transformed from the run-of-the-mill detective story he was tasked by Mosfilm to make into a risky critique of Soviet authority and those who either wield or accept it. I wouldn't recommend this film for those who expect American-style action; it's definitely done in the European style."