The Theme

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The Theme ★★★ Tema 1979

Esenin is a mediocre middle-aged playwright who knows his success comes from kowtowing to the party line. Trying to find inspiration he visits his native village where he meets the young Sasa, an artist who has refused to compromise. Although Esenin falls for her, Sasa has only contempt for his lack of principles and stays with her poet/lover, who is reduced to digging graves and has decided to emigrate to Israel. The film went unreleased for eight years because of its themes of artistic freedom and emigration. In Russian with English subtitles. 100m/C VHS . RU Mikhail Ulyanov, Inna Churikova, Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeny Vesnik, Sergei Nikonenko, Natalya Selezneva; D: Gleb Panfilov. Berlin Intl. Film Fest. ‘79: Golden Berlin Bear.

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