Thursday, 11 October 2012
Alla Surikova: A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines - Человек с бульвара Капуцинов (1987)
Director: Alla Surikova
Writers: Eduard Akopov, Roman Kachanov
Stars: Aleksandr Adabashyan, Elizaveta Boyarskaya,Mikhail Boyarskiy
A missionary from Cinema Mr. First appears in one of cowboy towns of the «Wild West». He shows here the first cinema films. Under the influence of these films the life, customs and habits of cowboys change. They stop to drink whisky and become generous and amiable. But it does not suit everybody.
A Red Western comedy film of 1987 (Mosfilm production), with nods to silent film and the transforming power of celluloid.
It is particularly unusual in Soviet cinema for two reasons: first, it was directed by one of the few female Soviet directors of any stature, Alla Surikova, and second it was a rare post-modernist outing.
The film was the leader of Soviet distribution in 1987 and had 60 million viewers.