Pokrovskiye vorota (Pokrov Gates) (The Pokrovsky Gate) (1982)





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In a series of vignettes, Moscow of the 1950s comes back to life as Konstantin (Mikhail Kozakov, also the director) reminisces as he stands by the Pokrov Gate, thinking about the house he used to live in and his neighbors and friends (the young Konstantin is played by Oleg Menshikov). The post-Stalinist thaw has set in and Moscow had a special aura of relaxation and warmth, as this film illustrates. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Television , Romance
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Oleg Menshikov
as Kostia as a young man
Leonid Bronevoy
as Arkadi Velyurov
Anatoliy Ravikovich
as Lev Khobotov
Inna Ulyanova
as Margarita Pavlovna
Sofya Pilyavskaya
as Kostia's Aunt
Natalya Krachkovskaya
as Soyev's Wife
Mikhail Kozakov
as Kostia as an older man
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A charming feel-good film from the 1980s. I suspect they sort of needed it at the time. It's quite interesting to see how the Soviet Union was trying to depict the 1950s as a golden age. What is even more interesting is to see how the historical aspect of it is totally evacuated. Nowadays 1950s Moscow summons images of terror, secret police, gulags, or at least of a country traumatized by a war that just killed some 15 millions males. None of this here. Obviously, the population is suffering from a lack of apartments forcing every one to live together, but nothing more. Once the dark side has been evacuated, it remains a light-hearted very well made succession of love stories involving likable characters depicting a society full of joy and bonhomie. Besides the sort of exotism, the actors are absolutely excellent and the dialogs (even subtitled) are extremely amusing. As any film adapted from a play, whenever the camera leaves the main location (here the apartment), the rhythm fades quickly Overall a pleasant entertainment but the lack of historical context is extremely awkward

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