Saturday, 26 March 2011

Alexander Proshkin: The Cold Summer of 1953 - Холодное лето пятьдесят третьего (1987)

Director: Alexander Proshkin
Writer: Edgar Dubrovsky
Camera: Boris Brozhovsky
Editing: Yelena Mikhailova
Design: Valery Filippov
Music: Vladimir Martynov
Cast: Valeri Priyomykhov, Anatoli Papanov, Viktor Stepanov

The film was awarded Nike in 1988 for Best Fiction Film.
People's Artist of the USSR Anatoly Papanov was awarded the State Prize for his latest role played in this film.
According to the poll of the journal Soviet screen, the film was named best picture of 1988, and Valery Priemyhov - best actor.
The movie was awarded the Grand Prix International Film Festival 1989 in Valenciennes (France) and the prize of the International Film Festival 1989 in Gijon (Spain).

Shortly after Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953, Lavrenty Beria, the omnipotent NKVD Minister, granted a broad amnesty. Due to it, going at large were hardened criminals that had been convicted for grave offenáes. Wreaking havoc in the taiga in search of food and transportation, the bandits come across a small village where two amnestied political prisoners are waiting for the arrival of a boat. It fell to those two – the middle-aged Kopalych and the young Luzga – to defend the helpless villagers from the convicts. The great Russian actor Anatoly Papanov played his last role (Kopalych) in this film.

A huge hit on its original release, voted best film of 1988 by the journal Sovetskii Ekran and second only to Vassily Pichul’s raunchy phenomenon Little Vera (Маленькая Вера) at the box office, The Cold Summer of 1953 simultaneously depicts two pivotal periods of Soviet history. Set in the months immediately following Stalin’s death and produced and released in the wake of Mikhail Gorbachev’s late 1980s reforms, it implicitly criticises the Soviet system to a degree that must have been unimaginable even a few months before it went into production in June 1987. ... more

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