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This review is from: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This film does all that can be expected of the greatest movies in that It operates on several levels at once. The tableau might have been Soviet life as the Soviets would have wanted us to see it but the film maker in this case all too clearly had his own ideas. First we see a working girl (Katya) returning to her hostel after having minimally failed her exams. Katya is honest but naive. Her two room mates Ludmilla, and Antonina are equidistantly spaced from Katya on the three points of the circle; Antonina a sensible girl, settled and betrothed to a boring but stable man, (Kolya), and Ludmilla, a snobbish, man chasing social climber. When Ludmilla discovers that Katya is to mind an apartment for her aunt on posh (yes, this is the Soviet Union) Revolution Square, she muscles in and organises a party there for Moscow's elite - all men, what else - claiming that she and Katya are from high society themselves. Katya meets a TV cameraman at the party who she thinks she loves. She is desperate to maintain the line that she is a professor's daughter and not a factory worker, lest he throws her over. He eventually discovers the truth and does just that, he being too good for her. The greatness of this film is that as Katya's life progresses, the opposite scenario unfolds, she rises to the position of factory director before a chance meeting on a train of a man (Gosha) that she really does fall for. He is an ordinary toolmaker, proud of his status and unsuspecting that she is anything other than a fellow worker herself and earning less than he does. She is terrified once again that he will discover her real position in life in case, just as before, he throws her over. A nasty complication arises in the form of the original cameraman lover, who having made the discovery of her elevation, is now reinterested. He puts in an unwelcome appearance on the couple and imparts to Gosha the dreaded news. After another crisis the story ends happily. This is a very great film. The fact that you can watch it repeatedly, like the re reading of a good book, says it all.
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