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Taksi-Blyuz (Taxi Blues) (1990)

Taksi-Blyuz (Taxi Blues) (1990)

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Taxi Blues is a ground-breaking Russian film, one of the first to examine the rifts between the old Soviet Union and the post-communist Russian society. The movie concerns the friendship of an independent, alcoholic Jewish jazz musician named Liocha (Piotr Nikolajevitch Mamonov) and Schlikov (Pyotr Zaitchenko) a stern, conservative cabdriver. After Liocha doesn't pay Schlikov for a fare one evening, the cab driver tracks the musician down and takes his saxophone as payment. Despite his initial treatment of Liocha, Schlikov becomes fascinated by the musician and offers him a bed in his apartment. Eventually, the two strike up a friendship and Liocha gets a job in the taxi depot in order to pay off his debt. However, their friendship turn sour when Schlikov's girlfriend becomes smitten with the musician and Liocha joins an American musician for a U.S. tour. When Liocha returns, rich and successful, he fights with his old friend, leading to a sorrowful conclusion. Taxi Blues received great critical acclaim and many awards, including director Pavel Lungin winning the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
MK2 Productions

Cast

Petr Zaychenko
as Shlykov
Pyotr Mamonov
as Lyosha
Piotr Zaitchenko
as Schlikov
Yelena Safonova
as Nina-Liocha's Wife
Sergei Gazarov
as Administrator
Hal Singer
as Himself
Elena Saphonva
as Nina, Liocha's Wife
Sergei Gazarov
as Administrator
Evgeniy Gerchakov
as Bald Musician in the Taxi
Yelena Stepanova
as Smart Young Girl
Dimitri Prigov
as Writer Typing in the Train
Igor Zolotovitsky
as Petiountchik
Constantin Asponsky
as Long-Haired Mechanic
Elena Stepanova
as Smart Young Girl
Vladimir Sterjakov
as Musician in the Taxi
Konstantin Afonskiy
as Long-Haired Mechanic
Aleksandr Buynov
as Passenger with Newspaper
Lidiya Ezhevskaya
as `Mousy' Valia
Irina Gobratova
as Girl with Black Eye
Vyacheslav Gorbunchikov
as Mechanic at the Taxi Depot
Aleksandr Inshakov
as Mercedes' Owner
Vladimir Lopatine
as Police Sergeant
Natalia Markova
as Blonde Ira
Edouard Guimpel
as Man on a Sofa
Yuri Sokolov
as Soldier in the Tube
Galina Proxorova
as Wife of Man on Sofa
Youri Sokolov
as Soldier in the Tube
Yuriy Yurtchenko
as 1st Civil Servant
Gercubi Vassiliskov
as 2nd Civil Servant
Pierre Rival
as Malligan the Producer
Iassouo Hiougadsi
as Japanese Man
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Critic Reviews for Taksi-Blyuz (Taxi Blues)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Hits some joyful notes even while playing a somber tune.

Full Review… | July 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Taksi-Blyuz (Taxi Blues)

In "Taxi Blues," Ivan(Pyotr Zaychenko), a burly cab driver in Moscow, has to deal with the usual nuisances his profession has to face the world over like drunk passengers and being stiffed for fare. This particular night is no exception as Alexei(Pyotr Mamonov), a jazz musician, leaves his cab without paying him. However, Ivan goes to the trouble of tracking him down to a bathroom in a club which Alexei surprisingly has no problem with since how much more can a beating add to the pain of the hangover he is already suffering through? Instead of inflicting physical punishment, Ivan takes his prized saxophone for payment but has second thoughts just before selling it... "Taxi Blues" is a time capsule of a society imploding where everybody desperately wants to get drunk but nobody has a ration card necessary to purchase alcohol, feeding a thriving black market. Ivan is the exception to the rule as he spends much of his time lifting weights and despite his gruff exterior, does his best to save Alexei from himself because he sees the potential in him like the way the film hints at the potential of the Russian people. However, a substance abusing jazz musician is such a cliche that Geoff Dyer once suggested Bellevue Hospital as a possible spiritual home for jazz. Now, if only the movie had a proper ending.

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