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Pisma myortvogo cheloveka AKA Dead Man's Letters (1986) Film of the Week #263

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Pisma myortvogo cheloveka AKA Dead Man's Letters (1986) Film of the Week #263

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Post by Cocoa » January 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm

Film of the Week #263: Pisma myortvogo cheloveka AKA Dead Man's Letters (1986)

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The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow human spirit still sees somewhere the dim light of a new and better future. The next generation starts the walk towards a new life.

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#194(⇩94, #100) Pisma myortvogo cheloveka (1986)
[Dead Man's Letters]

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Directed by: Konstantin Lopushanskiy
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This movie fits the current Russia Challenge.



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Post by joachimt » January 13th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Cocoa wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm
#3194 on 500<400
3194?
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Post by Cocoa » January 13th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Wow. That's one bad typo lol. I needed to press backspace one more time.

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Post by St. Gloede » January 13th, 2019, 5:29 pm

Ironically I just saw this a few days ago for the Russian challenge. What I wrote:

This is a film I have had high on my watchlist for well over a decade, and somehow never got around to. The visual styl, or shall we say heavy tints, gives it a powerful atmosphere, but at the same time it is overly clear it is being used to cover technical shortcomings. The dystopian nightmare starts strong, focusing on the depraved and low lives of the post-apocalypse survivors. It does well in embracing the ugly and off, and paints a very effective world with fairly easy steps. It also does well with limited sets. While slightly uneven throughout it fell short of greatness in the end as we are left with a slow-burn out, lacking the previous intensity, and sadly it never quite won me over on its melancholy. 7.5/10

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Post by hurluberlu » January 13th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Cocoa wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 4:36 pm

This movie fits the current Russia Challenge.
It is also great Sci-Fi.
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Post by Ivan0716 » January 13th, 2019, 9:41 pm

Great film, I prefer A Visitor to a Museum though.

Not to hijack the thread, but I don't know if I should start a new one, does anyone know of any other moody Eastern European sci-fi/post-apocalypse films like this? I've seen all the ones by Lopushanskiy and Szulkin, and a couple of Greek ones that are very similar.

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Post by weirdboy » January 14th, 2019, 1:24 am

The scenes of nuclear war and the aftermath in this are similar to and yet much more brutal than Watkins' The War Game. That, combined with classic Russian intellectuals sitting around talking about the meaning of their impending doom makes for one of the most unambiguously sorrowful movies I've seen. And this is born out in the echoing and reverberating sounds, the color palette that consists almost entirely of greys and browns, and even the laconic way people talk to each other, as if they have already given up on life. It's a wonderfully crafted film that I never want to see again.

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Post by viktor-vaudevillain » January 14th, 2019, 10:35 am

@Ivan0716:

Haven't seen it myself yet (but very much looking forward to it!), but Zulawski's On the Silver Globe could fit your "moody Eastern European sci-fi/post-apocalypse films"-criteria. Also maybe 'Hukkunud Alpinisti' hotell by Kromanov.

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Post by Ivan0716 » January 14th, 2019, 2:57 pm

Seen both of those, not bad recs though.

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