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Burnt by the Sun

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1994
  • Nikita Mikhalkov
  • 146 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period drama starring Nikita Mikhalkov. Relaxing at their country retreat, war hero Colonel Kotov and his young wife Marusia are disturbed by the unexpected return of Dmitrii, Marusia's childhood sweetheart. Kotov soon realises there is a darker side to this reappearance, as the harsh politics of Stalinist Russia break in to his life.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This period drama from director Nikita Mikhalkov plunges into the heart of darkness that was Stalin's Russia in the mid-1930s. Mikhalkov also stars as Kotov, a complacent military hero of the Soviet Revolution, whose country house is visited unexpectedly by his young wife's former childhood sweetheart, Dmitrii. Against the backdrop of a lazy summer's day, the truth behind Stalin's rule and the reason for Dmitrii's visit become apparent as Kotov entertains his guest. Winner of the Oscar for best foreign film, this masterpiece of visual audacity - the vast balloon displaying an image of Stalin is a highlight - depicts, with vivid candour, a nation's paranoia grievously turned in upon itself.

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Credits

Cast

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Sergei Petrovich KotovNikita Mikhalkov
DmitriiOleg Menshikov
Marusia KotovIngeborga Dapkunaite
NadiaNadia Mikhalkova
PhilippeAndré Umansky
Vsevolod KonstantinovichVyacheslav Tikhonov
MokhovaSvetlana Kriuchkova
KirikVladimir Ilyin
Lidiia StepanovnaAlla Kazanskaia
Elena MikhailovnaNina Arkhipova
DriverAvangard Leontiev
Olga NikolaevnaInna Ullianova
LiubaLiubov Rudneva

Crew

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DirectorNikita Mikhalkov

Details

Theatrical distributor
Guild Film Distribution Ltd
Released on
1995-08-18
Languages
Russian | French
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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