Noi vivi (We the Living) (1942)
Doomed love within a corrupt political world. At 18, the beautiful and smart Kira comes to Petersburg as the Communists consolidate power. She rebuffs a cousin who rises in the Party and may remember the slight. She falls in love with Leo, the son of an aristocrat, who gets into political trouble and never gets out. Meanwhile, a Party leader, Andrei, also loves her, and she feigns love for him to get political protection for Leo and money to pay for his TB treatment. But can Leo forgive her being Andrei's mistress? Subplots dramatize Party corruption, the disillusion of those who fought hardest in the revolution, and reflections on the man's individual nature. … More
as Kira Argounova
as Leo Kovalensky
as Andrei Taganov
as Pavel Syerov
as Comrade Sonia
as Victor Dunaev
as Maria Petrovna Dunae...
as Acia Dunaev
as Irina Dunaev
as Lydia Argounova
as Galina Petrovna Argo...
as GPU Captain
as Vassili Dunaev
as Alexei Argounov
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Not exactly a faithful adaptation of Ayn Rand's first novel, Noi Vivi follows the tradition of Alessandrini's extreme realism in the story of a young individual and her quest to survive in Soviet Russia by balancing between holding on to one's ideal and love. I noticed that the subtitled were not perfect, obviously to edit out the propaganda that couldn't be removed but it did stay true to the novel as well as listening to the dialogues using my broken Italian. The editing could have been done a bit better, but there's no complain for me as I know how hard it must have been to delete the fascist propaganda. The acting and casting were fantastic, I love the costumes, the sets and the minimalist design. However, I did get disappointed with Irina's (Kira's cousin) subplot being omitted (It was may favourite part in the book) and the ending being changed to something melodramatic/romantic that completely betrayed Rand's ideology.More
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