Friday, 25 March 2011

Andrei Razenkov: Kromov -КромовЪ(2009)

Screenplay by Andrei Razenkov, Mikhail Petukhov, Konstantin Filimonov
Director - Andrei Razenkov
Photography by Maria Soloviova
Art director - Olga Kravchenia
Composer - Evgeny Doga
Sound supervisor - Yan Pototsky
Film editor - Olga Grinshpun
Producer - Konstantin Filimonov
Cast: Vladimir Vdovichenkov (in the lead role), Yuri Solomin, Albert Filozov, Amalia Mordvinova and the others.
The historical drama “Kromov” by Andrey Razenkov is based on a true story that took place in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. Aleksey Alekseevich Kromov, a colonel and officer of the Russian Army, becomes the only keeper of Russian treasury. His mission is to come to France and organize supplies to Tsar Russia. During this time a take-over took place and the government, that had given him the sum of money, changes. From this very moment a hunting for Kromov begins. The purpose of the hunting is to get the money.

The theme of melancholy and nostalgia is omnipresent in Andrei Razenkov’s Kromov”. The unique moral dilemma that the film’s title character confronts is a pretext to emphasize the bourgeois flourish of the fin-de-siècle and to deplore its end. However, this emotional mood is not to be confused with real nostalgia and melancholy of emigration narratives. It is no reconstruction of historical emotions either, but rather an aesthetic object, an emotional frame for a fantasy story. In a similar way, the characters’ faces, voices and costumes do not pursue the aura of the historical epoch as they overtly represent our modern tastes, clothes styles, and behavior types. It is perhaps the disinterest in the sense of historical accuracy that is to be blamed for the film’s failure to create a narrative with firm connections of cause and effect. Despite being focused on exceptional historical circumstances, the film does not develop either into an adventure film or a psychological drama as it hovers in the emotional mood and sinks in aestheticizing....
Andrei Razenkov: Kromov” (2009)reviewed by Jamilya Nazyrova © 2010

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