by Allan Fish
(USSR 1965 189m) DVD0 (Russia only)
Aka. Mne dvadtsat let
Stand up, damned of the earth!
p Viktor Freilich d Marlen Khutsiyev w Gennadi Shpalikov, Marlen Khutsiyev ph Margarita Pilikhina
Valentin Popov (Sergei Zhuravlyov), Nikolai Gubenko (Nikolai Fokin), Stanislav Lyubshin (Slava Kostikov), Marianna Vertinskaya (Anya), Zinaida Zinovyeva (Olga Mikhailovna Zhuravlyova), Svetlana Starikova (Vera Zhuravlyova), Lev Prygunov (2nd Lt. Aleksandr Zhuravlyov), Lev Zolothukin (Anya’s father), Aleksandr Blinov (Kuzmich), T.Bogdanova (Lyusya Kostikova), Gennadi Nekrasov (Vladimir Vasilyevich),
There is no better barometer of the cold winds of change that swept through Soviet Russia in the years 1959-1965 than Marlen Khutsiyev’s I am Twenty. It’s a film that should be remembered with the best of Soviet films of the period, but by the time it was ready for release, a deep freeze had set in. From the mid-late fifties, after the death of Stalin, Russia moved to a less extreme position with regards to the arts under Nikita Khrushchev, allowing such films as Kozintsev’s Don Quixote, Kalatozov’s The Cranes are Flying, Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier, Bondarchuk’s Destiny of a Man and Heifits’ The Lady With the Little Dog to play successfully at western film festivals. It was in 1959, at the height of this period, that Khutsiyev’s masterpiece entered its gestatory stages. (more…)