Raba Lyubvi (1976)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Drama, Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Nikita Mikhalkov examines the plight of the filmmaker operating in an uncertain political climate in his irony-laden seriocomedy Slave of Love. The time is 1918, at the height of the Bolshevik revolution. A small group of filmmakers are hurriedly trying to complete a silent melodrama while the world changes all around them. As production progresses, leading lady Elena Solovei metamorphoses from self-centered movie star to committed revolutionary. Normally described as "Chekhovian," director Mikhalkov borrows a few pages from Pirandello. With Slave of Love he gained his first serious international attention.

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Bolsheviks, filmmaker, movie-star, political-unrest, revolution, Russian [nationality], silent-film