Cinema: Lovers and Laziness

MOSCOW DOES NOT BELIEVE IN TEARS Directed by Vladimir Menshov

Screenplay by Valentin Chiornykh

OBLOMOV Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

Screenplay by Alexander Adabashyan and Nikita Mikhalkov

The Soviet cinema is one of the most prolific in the world, but most of its product is designed for home consumption —and many of its best films, failing tests of ideological purity, remain unseen even in the U.S.S.R. Now a film about contemporary Soviet life has won an Academy Award and another, based on a 19th century novel, is winning kudos in its American debut in New York. One...

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