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I Am Twenty (1965)

Mne dvadtsat let (original title)
Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union.

Director:

Marlen Khutsiev

Writers:

Marlen Khutsiev (as M. Khutsiev), Gennady Shpalikov (as G. Shpalikov)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentin Popov Valentin Popov ... Sergei Zhuravlyov
Nikolay Gubenko ... Nikolai 'Kolia' Fokin
Stanislav Lyubshin ... Slavka Kostikov
Marianna Vertinskaya ... Anya
Zinaida Zinoveva Zinaida Zinoveva ... Olga Mikhailovna Zhuravlyova
Svetlana Starikova ... Vera Zhuravlyova
Lev Prygunov ... Second Lieutenant Aleksandr Zhuravlyov
T. Bogdanova T. Bogdanova ... Lyusya Kostikova
Lyudmila Selyanskaya Lyudmila Selyanskaya ... Conductress
Aleksandr Blinov ... Kuzmich (as Sasha Blinov)
Lev Zolotukhin ... Anya's Father
Pyotr Shcherbakov ... Chernousov
Gennadi Nekrasov Gennadi Nekrasov ... Vladimir Vasilyevich
Nikolay Zakharchenko Nikolay Zakharchenko ... Friend
Andrei Tarkovsky ... 'Turnip' Jerk Guest at Anya's Party
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Following three lifelong friends who return to Moscow after military service, we see their aspirations juxtaposed against everyday life in 1960 Soviet Union. Written by X

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

18 January 1965 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich bin zwanzig Jahre alt See more »

Filming Locations:

Red Square, Moscow, USSR

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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philosophy and quarter-life crisis
2 January 2012 | by TermlnatriXSee all my reviews

I've always thought that a lot of films that were made in the Soviet Union got overshadowed by Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, not to mention by European films from France, Italy, by Bergman, by Kurosawa and many others from Japan. I feel sad when I think about that, because there are so many great films that were made there that the general film loving public did not and does not get to see. The only two films that may have broken out of this "embargo", so to speak were The Cranes are Flying and Ballad of a Soldier. Criterion has been doing some good deed and releasing a few of such great films I speak of in the Eclipse Series and I only hope they keep releasing them because there are just too many to list that others must see.

I Am Twenty is one of those films. It was made during the de-Stalinization period, otherwise known as the Krushchev thaw where people had a short period of freedom of speech, which Hutsiev, the film's director utilized in making of this film, where the story centers on three friends in their 20's going through a sort of a quarter-life crisis in the Soviet Union, worrying about such things as where to live, means of getting money, and exactly what to do with their lives - which at the time was unheard of - one of the reasons for which Krushchev condemned this film during the end of the thaw (when it was being released) and most certainly which contributed to this film's censorship.

This undoubtedly is the kind of film that speaks the universal language, which I hope would be an intriguing watch for people who can track this film down and watch it (there are English subtitles for it, I checked)

Shot beautifully, flows poetically, and definitely leaves a mark.

I loved it [07-22-2011, 08:23 PM]


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