Introduction by Ludmila Gromova and Vitaly Yerenkov KINO KINO! FILM CLUB
Language: In Russian with English subtitles
USSR |1980 | 140 mins | colour | director Nikita Mikhalkov, with Oleg Tabakov, Yuri Bogatyryov, Andrei Popov, Yelena Solovey, Avangard Leontyev
This acclaimed version of Ivan Goncharov's 1859 novel, Oblomov directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, begins and ends with the sight of a child running rapturously in search of his mother, even though the book's bestknown image is that of a grown man who won't get out of bed.
The shift is most appropriate, because Nikita Mikhalkov's film places its chief emphasis on the innocently dreamlike aspects of the story.
Sections of Goncharov's novel can be read as social satire the title character is a wealthy landowner, and his laziness is legend. And yet it is the book's rambling fantasy passages that sound its most eloquent note, as the sweet, sluggish Oblomov imagines the possibilities life might hold for him if ever he could shake off his torpor. While Goncharov left no doubt about the essential goodheartedness of this becalmed character, Mikhalkov makes the point even more strongly. His Oblomov is as gentle and guileless as a child.
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