Hipsters (2008)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Drama, Period Film, Political Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 24, 2012 (USA - Limited), Feb 24, 2012 (USA)  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - Russia  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This fine period musical dramatizes a subject both unique and distinguished: the movement of jazz fans (known as "Stilyagi") who flaunted their open-mindedness and fearlessly mocked Communist repression in 1955 Moscow. The central premise (which channels Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story) deals with a star-crossed romance between two lovers on opposite sides of the said fence: Mels (Anton Shagin) is a pro-communist Komsomol activist, Polly (Oksana Akinshina) is a sexy, uninhibited, free-spirited member of the Stilyagi; they fall instantly in love despite vast differences, and Polly turns her new paramour on to the many pleasures of the West, including jazz music. Significantly, although the real-life members of the Stilyagi experienced sad fates (such as imprisonment), this cinematic treatment of them exudes a bright and upbeat sensibility, marked by glossy musical numbers that are scattered throughout.

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free-spirit, free-thought, liberalism, rebel