Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh, (At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home) (1974)

Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh, (At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home)

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Russian films made in the 1970s which deal with the Civil War (1918-21) there often have qualities which make them resemble American westerns. Nikita Mikhalkov is one of the better-known of the post-Soviet filmmakers; he won an Oscar for his 1994 film Burnt By The Sun. This very popular 1973 film was his first; he was 28 at the time. Svoid sredi... is told in an unconventional manner (especially for Soviet films of the time) reminiscent of the films of Sergio Leone. The story recounts the many … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
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On DVD: Jun 25, 2002
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During the Russian Civil War, the League of Nations cuts off credit to the Reds which means they have to pay for food in cold hard gold. So local party leaders hatch a plan to get their gold through bandit territory, choosing Shilov(Yuri Bogatyryov) for the perilous duty. So much so, he is found dead before he even has a chance to depart. Even then, they decide to go ahead with the plan. Except their plan is not as fiendishly cunning as they thought it was as the Whites steal the gold which is then promptly stolen by Brylov(Nikita Mikhalkov, who also co-wrote and directed), a bandit leader, who is not even aware of what he now has.

"At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home" is a movie as awkwardly put together as its title is cumbersome, beginning with a prolonged musical opening before continuing with its story as viewed through constantly changing film stock. It is a shame because there is an entertaining movie lying beneath the almost incomprehensible surface and the overly complicated plot. And having seen other Soviet movies of this same era, none of them have the technical problems like this movie's.

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