"The Pokrovsky Gates" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

In the late 70 early 80's came out a number of reflections on the theme of rot Soviet intelligentsia that felt awkward for the thinking and creative class in the USSR: 'Holidays in September "(it is true, put on a shelf)," Autumn Marathon', ' flights in dreams and in reality '. If not by reflection, the arrow in the address of the intelligentsia became, for example, and Moscow, who does not believe in tears, where intelligent worker 'removes' 2 representatives of the Soviet high society.
More generally subject took drama "Old New Year", but there has got to ITR nuts. So Kazakov, who decided to move to the screen play by Leonid Zorin about the translator Leo Evgen'evich Hobotova, turned out to be slightly out of trend, although had the opportunity to answer again all these works (without talented questions). In response - a communal apartment in which live aunt (she lacked in life events - the loneliness got her inheritance) and her nephew Kostik (historian with an interest in modern, womanizer and extremely funny guy), drinking and charming actor Mosestrady and strange . triple alliance and former spouses Hobotova Sava Ignatievitch Efimova
play Zorina, of course, written on thaw - a year is taken 56 minutes, and Khrushchev, and the 'New world' in the hands of Hobotova and the final act of the play spring - in short, all in this line. Therefore, it is no wonder to see some signs of the past and the future and a series of metaphors shorthand properties. Well, except casual looks lonely Moscow lady of light, and even by aristocratic Sophia Pilyavskaya? Very thin and implicit allusion to the repression - 'lack of events' points, however, the need to hide from the punishing sword
Love Story athletes Sveta (society labor reserves) and Arcadia Velor -. It is not only the humility of love of all ages (although generational component here looks leading), but also the possibility of union elderly actor with a girl from the working environment becomes more contrast
That general line of the film -. with a trio Hobotova (sorry for 'disrespect' to Sawa Ignatyevich). Where social roles are viewed quite simple: clumsy, failure to adapt to life, the talented and sensitive, but dejected, not only life, but also the social pressure intellectuals Leo E. (the retired, but not completely released), Worker engraver Savva Ignatievich, in whose hands all running and powerful woman (Motherland probably) Margarita Pavlovna. What he wants intelligentsia? Freedom, of course - in love and in the works (but not yet able to Leo E. fight for men and human rights). What he wants work? And he did not know - with meanings that guy's not very well - if only in his hands was a tool ( 'artisans not philosophize'). What he wants power? As expressed in one scene Kostik - 'She wants you (Lev Paton). So it expressed the need for world harmony. It is in her subconscious. " Itself references the subconscious in the Soviet film looks like the opposition - and Freud we then bone (although published), and especially the subconscious Margarita Pavlovna turns spicy, so even with the double bottom, in which the main thing, of course - is a forced alliance with the working class but also the unwillingness to let go of 'large child who can not love'.
allusion to the Soviet power, behind the intelligentsia (by the way, and the revolution has committed) by as much as 3 rd place in the social hierarchy arises more and because this power like any other, w elaet love of the intelligentsia, and indeed feels love for these weird sometimes subjects. He remembered some reason the story of Bulgakov and Stalin or Khrushchev and unknown - to them and class hostility, and, if not mutual, almost mystical attraction to the powers of the Creator - the desire of their sincere gratitude for the care and material well-being ... However, limited.
A phrase in the film? 'Ungrateful epileptic', 'insane not to register "- the latter is especially good, considering the fate of some dissidents. A phrase Kostya: 'Fight for men and human rights?' Any longer - and the Helsinki Group, and Sakharov remembered ...
general release of the movie in 1982 (even in 1983) easily becomes a harbinger of a new thaw. The only question was who would be its engine. In this sense, the Cossacks and tries to rehabilitate the Soviet artistic establishment - because downtroddenness, doublethink, bigamy, existential crisis has demonstrated in the Soviet cinema (. See above), but the problem came out that alternatives to this layer in the sense of philosophical reflection on the fact there was no ( in the same spirit of dialogue in the scene with subtilised Orlovich or another quote about grace: 'you are in the registry, and Khobotov - the monastery "with a variety of possible interpretations up to the spiritual searching intellectuals in the field of religion .)
This social analysis should not be at the same time deprive easy viewing - the eccentric, peculiar comedy, sometimes rolls over (some of it even confused - they are not without reason to believe the film loud). Actor's work are accurate and full of charisma (whether it is gray or, on the contrary, the bright and flashy). Yes, and the volume is consistent with the mores of communal apartments. But, like any talented Soviet film or a play, with all its comic 'Pokrovsky Gates' of the second floor is not exactly denied. Therefore crowned film Kostik phrase 'made happy against the will can not' or (in terms of political language) 'A bright future is impossible without freedom'. It's funny that this not contradict Marxism ... But the Cossacks do not exactly know.

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