Burnt by the Sun

Burnt by the Sun

DVD - 2009
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Nikita Mikhalkov directs and stars as Colonel S. Kotov, a hero of the Revolution, is spending the summer in the country with his young daughter, his wife and her eccentric family. When his wife's childhood love, Dinitri, suddenly appears, the idyllic summer day takes a surprising turn and Kotov begins to suspect sinister motives for his reappearance. This is one of the first films to deal openly with the Stalin purges in post-communist Russia.
Publisher: [Northcote, Vic.] : Umbrella Entertainment [distributor], 2009.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (146 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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NewYorkViews Jun 09, 2015

This Russian cultural film (I watched the DVD version of this) is difficult to rate because the summary of the story on the DVD jacket cover seemed different than the film--it was more like a film about a Colonel S. Kotov shown in the film to be of dubious, and maybe sinister character in his personal relations, and then being done in by the Stalin's secret police for other reasons. The historic pre-1930 Russian scenery settings sometimes had some horror, and there were some surprises in this film. Not fast paced until near the end.

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