Marlen Khutsiev

6.8 Springtime on Zarechnaya Street (1956)
7.2 Ilyich's Gate (1965)
6.8 Infinity (1991)

Marlen Khutsiev, who cut his teeth as an assistant to Boris Barnet, debuted with the love story Vesna na Zarechnoy Ulitse/ Springtime on Zarechnaya Street (1956), co-directed with Feliks Mironer, Pyotr Todorovsky the film that turned Nikolai Rybnikov into a star, photographed by Pyotr Todorovsky also in neorealist style. Dva Fedora/ The Two Fedors (1958) starred Vasilii Shukshin and was photographed again by Pyotr Todorovsky. The three-hour black-and-white Zastava Iliycha/ Ilyich's Gate (which had been underway since 1959), photographed by Margarita Pilikhina, released in 1965 in a much shortened version as Mne Dvadtsat Let/ I Am Twenty, documented the alienation of the Soviet youth and the influence of the French nouvelle vague. So did Iiulskii Dozhd/ Rain in July (1967). Byl Mesiats Mai/ It Was May (1970) was instead a war movie. After a long silence, he made Posleslovie/ The Afterword (1983) and embarked in another colossal project, the four-hour philosophical poem Beskonechnost/ Infinity (1991).

Nevecherniaia/ An Unusual Sunrise (2008)

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