Friday, 4 April 2008

Nikita Mikhalkov: Oblomov (Several Days in the Life of I. I. Oblomov) - Несколько дней из жизни И. И. Обломова (1979)

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Script: Alexander Adabashian, Nikita Mikhalkov
Camera: Pavel Lebeshev
Music by: Eduard Artemyev
Cast: Oleg Tabakov, Yuri Bogatyryov, Andrei Popov, Yelena Solovey, Avangard Leontiev, Andrei Razumovsky, Oleg Kozlov, Yelena Kleshchevskaya, Galina Shostko, Gleb Strizhenov, Yevgheny Steblov, Yevghenia Glushenko, Nikolai Pastukhov, Fedya Stukov, Anatoly Romashin

Oxford’s Golden Shield for Best Directing (Nikita Mikhalkov) at the Oxford IFF, 1980
Oxford’s Silver Shield for Best Actor (Oleg Tabakov) at the Oxford IFF, 1980
Oxford’s Silver Shield for Best Actress (Yelena Solovey) at the Oxford IFF, 1980
Oxford’s Silver Shield for Best Photography (Pavel Lebeshev) at the Oxford IFF, 1980
First Prize at the International Week of Authors Films in Benalmaden, 1982
Best Foreign Film of 1981, by the decision of U. S. National Council of Film Critics, 1981

The Russian film version of Ivan Goncharov's 1859 novel, ''Oblomov,'' begins and ends with the sight of a child running rapturously in search of his mother, even though the book's bestknown image is that of a grown man who won't get out of bed. The shift is most appropriate, because Nikita Mikhalkov's film places its chief emphasis on the innocently dreamlike aspects of the story.

Sections of Goncharov's novel can be read as social satire - the title character is a wealthy landowner, and his laziness is legend. And yet it is the book's rambling fantasy passages that sound its most eloquent note, as the sweet, sluggish Oblomov imagines the possibilities life might hold for him if ever he could shake off his torpor. While Goncharov left no doubt about the essential goodheartedness of this becalmed character, Mr. Mikhalkov makes the point even more strongly. His Oblomov is as gentle and guileless as a child. ...

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