Khrustalyov, Mashinu!

Khrustalyov, Mashinu!

Director: Alexei German Cast: Yuriy Tsurilo, Nina Ruslanova, Misha Dementyev


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Alexei German directed this French-Russian co-production with atmospheric black-and-white cinematography on snow-covered streets depicting Moscow life of the early '50s. After work, boiler repairman (Alexander Bashirov) walks through the night and into an encounter with Stalin's police. Glinsky (Y. Tsurilo), aka The General, heads a household of his wife (N. Ruslanova), son, twins, grandmother, and servants. Amid anarchic actions at a madcap hospital, the staff turns toady as the General goes about his usual routines. When a KGB plot leads to the General's arrest, he flees only to be caught at the train station. Forced from their apartment, his wife and son move into a seedy rooming house where everyone has their own individual toilet seats. En route to a gulag, the General is gang-raped. Since he's a doctor, he winds up being taken to the country house of the dying Stalin. After a return to his family and the ruins of his home in Moscow, he eventually links up with the boiler repairman. Shown in competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2019
UPC: 0760137233886
Original Release: 1998
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 2:30:00
Sales rank: 16,839

Special Features

New 2k restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films; High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation; Original uncompressed 2.0 stereo Russian audio soundtrack; Newly translated English Subtitles; Audio Commentary by film researcher and programmer Daniel Bird; Between Realism and Nightmare, a new video essay on Khrustalyov, My Car! and the films of Aleksei German by historian and film critic Eugenie Zvonkine; Diagnosis Murder, the academic Jonathan Brent talks about Stalin's anti-Semitic campaign which provides the backdrop for Khrustalyov, My Car!; Aleksei German, the veteran film historian and critic Ron Holloway interviews the Russian Director ; German... At Last, an interview with Aleksei German by Producer Guy Seligmann; Re-release trailer; Double-sided fold-out poster; Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Gianna D'Emilio, an archival essay by Joel Chapron and original reviews; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Andrzej Klimowski

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yuriy Tsurilo Yuri Glinsky
Nina Ruslanova Wife
Misha Dementyev Son
Alexander Bashirov Idiot
Juri Jarvet Swedish Reporter

Technical Credits
Alexei German Director,Screenwriter
Nikolay Astakhov Sound/Sound Designer
E. Chapkaits Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Gerasimov Production Designer
Alexander Golutva Producer
Irina Gorokhovskaya Editor
Vladimir Ilyin Cinematographer
Svetlana Karmalita Screenwriter
Georgi Kropachyov Production Designer
B. Lecuyer Production Manager
Armen Medvedev Producer
Andrei Petrov Score Composer
Guy Seligman Producer
Vladimir Svetozarov Production Designer

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