Khrustalyov, My Car!

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Being the line given to Beria, Stalin's soon to be doomed henchman, near the end of this crazy carnival of a movie. Gherman's first film since his 1982 masterpiece, My Friend Ivan Lapshin, similarly takes the form of a b/w reconstruction of times past - here the worlds surrounding drunken brain specialist General Glinsky, who's in charge of a Moscow hospital and master of a large domestic arena. Both circuses reflect the anarchic, anti-Semitic last days of Stalin's paranoid rule. Gherman's style refracts the everyday horror in a series of Fellini-esque, people-filled scenes, traced out with an extremely mobile camera, that is as likely to peek into a moving taxi window as glide around the demented faces of a brutal anal rape scene. The effect is relentless and overpowering, yet the film is often poetic in its blend of pathos, freneticism, surrealism and matter of factness.

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Duration: 137 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alexei Gherman
Screenwriter: Alexei Gherman, Svetlana Karmalita, Pekka Lehto
Cast: Yuri Tsurilo
Nina Ruslanova
Misha Dementyev
Jüri Jarvet
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Brace

Just one of the best films I've ever seen. Spilling over with life both grimy and warm, it is entertaining and deeply shocking. Like so many Russian films, not as appreciated in the West as it should be

Brace

Just one of the best films I've ever seen. Spilling over with life both grimy and warm, it is entertaining and deeply shocking. Like so many Russian films, not as appreciated in the West as it should be

Frank Ettenberg

I find Gherman, Sr's films to be extraordinarily memorable cinematic experiences. I saw' K..stov, my Car' over 10 yrs ago, and some of the films extraordinary set pieces stay clear in my mind's eye. His is a very dense, multi-layered, sometimes incomprehensible vision. But this kind of personal vision is very seldom tolerated by sponsors and the bigger production companies. In any event, the Guermans will go down as representing the peak of cinematic expression and vision.

Frank Ettenberg

I find Gherman, Sr's films to be extraordinarily memorable cinematic experiences. I saw' K..stov, my Car' over 10 yrs ago, and some of the films extraordinary set pieces stay clear in my mind's eye. His is a very dense, multi-layered, sometimes incomprehensible vision. But this kind of personal vision is very seldom tolerated by sponsors and the bigger production companies. In any event, the Guermans will go down as representing the peak of cinematic expression and vision.