Vadim Abdrashitov

Vadim Abdrashitov – Ostanovilsya poezd AKA The Train Has Stopped (1982)

A 1982 Soviet drama film directed by Vadim Abdrashitov and written by Aleksandr Mindadze. The last role of actor Anatoly Solonitsyn. Before the official premiere the film was shown in spring of 1982 at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

This movie is a typical exanple of a production drama, a type of movies associated with artistic representation in cinema (mainly in the USSR) of social relations of participants in the sphere of industrial (agricultural, resource-mining, and so on) production. They were very popular in Soviet Union from 1930s till late 1980s. Read More »

Vadim Abdrashitov – Povorot (1979)

Victor and Natasha drive back to Moscow after a good honeymoon trip by the Black Sea. Already nearing home, Victor hits an elderly lady while driving too fast. All of a sudden, their plans for a good life together are in doubt. Victor is going to face trial, may go to prison.

To start with, the situation seems to him just ridiculous and sad. They are so young and bright. Their whole life is ahead of them. The lady that was hit by Victor was old, probably half blind and careless in the street. Surely the old lady is more to blame for her own death than Victor, isn’t she? Why did this have to happen precisely to him? Should he accept the blame for the accident and thus risk long-term prison, and the end of his career and marital prospects? Does he have to pay for it or not? Should he not escape, somehow? What is the point of self-sacrifice in such a situation? The film also shows a clash between the young and the old, the bright and the ordinary, the haves and the have nots. Read More »