Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin) (1984)
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Critic Reviews for Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin)
Beneath the camouflage of the look of time past, ''Ivan'' is makeshift melodrama.
The film is challenging, German playing with time, film stocks and shooting styles, his cinema fractured to give the abstract impression of distant memories...once what German's trying to do sinks in, Lapshin becomes a potent symbol of the Stalinist era.
Audience Reviews for Moy drug Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin)
a tough film if you're not prepared for german's style of wandering camera, overlapping conversations, and subtle ambiguity. in fact the director has stated he doubts western audiences can ever fully appreciate it, due to the specific period of history invoked. set in flashback in 1935, before the stalinist purges and after the great famine, it's a tale told by an old man about his father and his friends and the apartment they shared in those days when it seemed things could only get better and no one knew what was to come. one of the inhabitants is a chief of the secret police, idealized in the boy's memory as a generous, principled and courageous man, ivan lapshin. the first half gives us some sense of the man's temperament and relationships, the second is more focused on a police investigation into a brutal gang of killers. a fascinating array of stunning images of a bleak soviet winter long ago, vastly rewarding if u can adjust to its' unique rhythm
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