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A Few Days in the Life of I.I. Oblomov (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, MosFilm
DVD Region: ALL
2 DVD Set
Theatrical release: 1979
DVD release: 2002
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian
Format: 4:3
Genre(s): Drama

Writer-director Nikita Mikhalkov (Burnt by the Sun) combines some accomplished and evocative visuals with a tongue-in-cheek morality play about the price of personal freedom in this 1979 adaptation of the 19th-century Russian novel by Goncharov. Oleg Tabakov plays the title character, an amiable and enigmatic man who, after years of anonymous toiling as a landowner, begins to live his life in a virtual slothlike existence. Oblomov is regarded by others around him as something of a harmless joke, but as he passes the days in bed indulging himself with food and aimless pondering, he reminisces about his childhood and the life he's led, and he discovers a fulfilling poetry to his life. Eventually, though, his celebration of laziness threatens to ruin his life and all he holds dear. The film employs a deft and pastoral visual style to augment the joy and freedom this man feels at being able to control his own destiny, even with tragic results. A challenging and thought-provoking effort, Oblomov is a distinct and original piece of cinema.

Bonus material:
Interviews with Aleksandr Adabashyan, Pavel Lebeshev, Eduard Artemyev; Documentary about actor Andrei Popov; Making of the film; A short documentary "Goncharov's Homeland"; Filmographies

Director:
Nikita Mikhalkov

Script:
Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Adabash'yan

Camera:
Pavel Lebeshev

Music:
Eduard Artem'ev

Cast:
Anatolij Romashin, Nikolaj Pastukhov, Oleg Tabakov, Yurij Bogatyrev, Andrej Popov, Elena Solovej, Avangard Leont'ev, Andrej Razumovskij, Oleg Kozlov, Elena Klecshevskaya, Galina Shostko, Gleb Strizhenov, Evgenij Steblov, Evgeniya Glushenko, Fedor Stukov