"Kalina Krasnaya" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

«Today I have for many years,
shake the soul hangover nonsense.
Today, I will come back to you,
My unkind Russia ...»
(Ivanov)

Yegor Prokudin trouble with the eighth commandment: thief him. Measure twice, but after serving seven - and forty dissolute godkov flew, and remember something that you can? Stolen, drunk - that's all the memories, and behind him - no stake, no yard. No Egor no children, no wife, there is only a letter in an envelope from a simple Russian woman Luba. When he was released with a clear conscience after another of his release, carousing with buddies seasoned Prokudin decided on a trip to her - to her friend by correspondence
In a country where the middle of the twentieth century the humane almost every family knew firsthand about the camps but prisons. - in a country where every third, fifth, sixth sitting, guarding, denounced - in this country at the time of release in theaters the movie "Kalina Krasnaya" has vanished, to debunk the cult of personality, faded expression of "political prisoner". But cling firmly to the Russian language the word "prisoner", "thief", "criminal element." And do not blame the society of callousness towards the former prisoners. Well, no society has reason to believe that the elements that threaten the safety and well-being law-abiding citizens. There is no reason, and it was not. And Vasily Shukshin was - he and the folk singer, the worker-peasant poet and peasant playwright. Like no other man was able to mature to the root, rushil convenient for inhabitants stereotypes deified hinterland
Therefore, in our great and troubled country could not receive such a movie character -. Egor named Mount - the embodiment of the mischievous and sad, and kind of gross man, which, paradoxically, keeps Russia. It is they - the lost children of his native land, its salt - fought for their country, the first died on the front during the Great Patriotic War. In severe time they knew where the enemy knew what to fight, whom to protect. They, their fathers and brothers. And in a peaceful hour, that's gone astray. No wonder the film in one of the key scenes is emphasized when the mother of Yegor - old woman, with whom he had not seen for twenty years, - says Ljube three sons killed in the war. And as you might think, say, seniors were killed, and this - unlucky - wanders the world as necessity is erratic. Yes, but, although unlucky, but his soul - crumpled, get lost. Yes - a thief, yes - should be in prison, but he is a thief a wrong, not dreamed of living by the rules of the thieves, and the unwritten rules of the ancestors. And does not appeal to him for any booze with pals but friends harsh days, nor ostentatious squandering or imitation holiday or expensive suits. I do not need it all. Not in this Festival. He was tired of the hypocrisy and false values. I woke up the soul in it Russian. closer I wanted to land, to agriculture, to plow, so birches crying, people simple and incredulous that, though wary look in his direction, and his hand-then once again afraid to apply, but all povorchat, pokryahtyat yes no left without shelter
ferry, flooded the church, chopped hut icon in the red corner, hole-in-the-wall in the stockade -. SHukshin filmmaker paints a picture of the Russian hinterland. The director's style - restrained and a bit simple-minded - is felt in every frame: many close-ups, showing the characters faces, their tears, smiles, anger, joy, surprise, and - most importantly, remorse. This can not be invented, we can not recount hearsay - it is necessary to live, feel, absorb with their mother's milk. The vital instinct, succinct description of the Russian countryside, deep knowledge of the details of everyday life - SHukshin-writer looking through the eyes of the characters of his film. Yes, we should not idealize the offender, giving an object to follow. The picture could be an ordinary criminal chronicle, whether she has another interpretation. But someone rises to the throat and aching heart when Egor falls to the ground when a strong healthy man crying, cursing himself and his dissolute life, repenting as in confession, sins committed
«Kalina red." - benefit Altai simple guy Vasily Shukshin - actor, director, screenwriter and writer. He investigates, exposes human nature, arguing loudly, lack of spirituality, cut off from the roots - not for the Russian people. It is a pity that the film has become a swan song and the director: six months after the release of the tape Vasyl Kravchuk will not. Perhaps the soul, doomed to a quick death, a presentiment of death, and this affected the hero of the film Egor realizes that will not only repentance, but also redemption. Perhaps that is why, Shukshin put all the accumulated peasant truth in creation. Picture wise and sad, though, and does not leave a heavy sense of hopelessness. It is understood that "Kalina Krasnaya" - the film is not a thief, not about criminals, and - first and foremost about getting lost a man who has lost touch with his native land, but seeks to return to it. And there is no falsehood in Egor actions: some Esenin note in the words referring to the character of our nature - a birch tree that dreams sometimes Russian people who find themselves in a foreign country, or - as in this case - in captivity. "Kalina Krasnaya" - a poetic folk ballad about a sinner, for the soul is fighting the good angel of light (Luba) and an evil demon (thief mumbler). Evil thought that could destroy Yegor physically, but he did not know that to win a good angel, taking the soul of the wanderer.
flaws the film is the only choice for the role of the actor mumbler. It is clear that the director enlisted the assistance sidekick - Soviet talented actor, but Burkov unconvincing in the role of an authoritative thief. Good actor, yes - but not its this role. But the type of Luba kinopovesti amazingly recreated Lydia Fedoseeva-Shukshin. Mounting glue are made in the most unexpected places, sometimes breaking off in mid-sentence story, but it is evidence of severe censorship: realism in the Soviet cinema made its way through the thorns and fetters of bureaucracy. Vituperation spectators, standing guard over the moral health of the people, did not allow then to express the author's opinion. Probably because they have seen in the "Kalina red" Crime drama, not hysterical film about a spiritual crisis. Forty years have passed, and the reel of film, filled with cleaning spirituality, compassion, mercy still captures the heart to tremble.

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