Burnt by the Sun 1994

Burnt by the Sun

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In the Soviet Union during the summer of 1936, Army commander Sergei Petrovich Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov), his wife, Marusia (Ingeborga Dapkounaite) and his daughter, Nadya (Nadezhda Mikhalkova), are enjoying their family vacation. Marusia's lost love, Mitya (Oleg Menchikov), missing for 13 years, suddenly shows up at her family's dacha. Although he's greeted warmly, Mitya has a secret agenda: to arrest Kotov for his part in a nonexistent conspiracy to assassinate Stalin.

Cast & Crew

Oleg Menchikov
Dimitri (Mitya)
Ingeborga Dapkounaite
Marusia
Nikita Mikhalkov
Col. Sergei Petrovich Kotov
André Oumansky
Philippe
Svetlana Krioutchkova
Mokhova
Vladimir Ilyine
Kirik
Leonid Vereschtchaguine
Executive Producer
Eduard Artemev
Original Music
Wilen Kalyuta
Cinematographer
Enzo Meniconi
Film Editor
Vladimir Aronin
Production Design
Aleksandr Samulekin
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Critic Reviews for Burnt by the Sun

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Audience Reviews for Burnt by the Sun

  • Feb 01, 2013
    Fantastic film of betrayal set during the rise of Stalin. You just know that betrayal in Stalinist Russia isn't going to go very well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2010
    A real mixed bag, this film reveals the capricious nature of the Stalin era in the Soviet Union without romanticizing it, but is, like many Russian novels, terribly over-populated. The first half hour to forty-five minutes, we are introduced to the large clan that lives in the dacha of retired hero of the revolution, Col. Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov, who also directed) and some few guests. Some of the characters serve important roles later on in the film, but most serve as background to the main story. Initially, this viewer was quite confused trying to figure out who all these people were and how they were related. However, the rest of the film quite clearly set us up for the chilling, violent conclusion. The scenery was bucolic, and there was a liberal dose of humor to go with the inevitable tragedy. If one can make it through the whirlwind of character introductions, there is a reward for patience.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    charming and horrifying
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Burnt by Sun was a movie that left me wondering why it was honored the Academy Award winner for best foreign film in that year. Maybe It was worthy for the cinematography but the story itself was so boring that I found it nearly impossible to finish watching. It was more 2 hours long and almost nothing happened and the characters were so stupid to me. It was a story about the life a man under the regime of Stalin. Even describing it was boring!
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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