Ischeznuvshaya Imperiya (Vanished Empire) (2008)
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Shakhnazarov, who began his film career in the Soviet era and was about the age of his protagonists in '73, brings an authenticity to the material, as well as a certain wistfulness in his excellent re-creation of Brezhnev-era Moscow.
In the gray old days of Brezhnev and detente, Russian college students shimmy to "Sugar, Sugar" and shell out for black-market Levis, unaware that these are the best days of their lives
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A coming-of-age drama set in '70's Russia. The movie is shot in retro style, giving it a feel of a '70's movie. It recreates the atmosphere of the times more or less accurately, but the main characters were not your typical youth - these kids are elite, from rich and well-tot-do families (by Soviet standards of the time that is). It's not obvious to a casual viewer that average young people's lives weren't nearly as good, even in Moscow.
"??????????? ???????" (Vanished Empire) is a movie about the decay of Soviet Union that comes from the younger generation of the empire itself. I find it unique because unlike other Cold War era movies about Soviet Union, there is none of those "political" scenes which infest other USSR movies such as detaining of citizens by police, or secret spy showing up suddenly. Though the movie barely shows the political repression during the 1970s era (it is a coming-of-age drama, after all), in the whole the director Shakhnazarov shows how, beneath all those repression, there is a decaying of old values that comes gradually due to newer generations embracing new ideals of the West. Eventually, just like the Ancient Khwarezm Empire, this empire built on shaky foundations would simply...vanish.
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