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Eisenstein: The Sound Years - worth buying sight unseen?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by John M Miller, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. John M Miller

    John M Miller Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 20, 2000
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    Being a fan of Russian history and liking to believe that I'm a fan of good movies, I've been pondering buying Criterion's set for awhile. (That is, despite my steadfast belief that Criterion overprices.) Anyway, since I haven't seen Ivan the Terrible or Nevsky, so I'm hesitant to do so.
    For those of you who have, is it worth buying it sight unseen?
    Fellini's Le Notti di Cabiria
  2. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    My review is at http://www.digitallyobsessed.com/sho...w.php3?ID=1119
    The short version is that if you like things Russian, you will probably like these movies; they (especially Nevsky) have a very Slavic sensibility about them, which the music greatly supports. Alas, Nevsky is not in good shape, and the audio for it will never sound good, thanks to Stalin. I will refrain from further comment on the 'restoration', having already created sufficient tempest in a samovar with that one. We're not likely to see a better edition, how's that? The extras are marvelous.
    "This movie has warped my fragile little mind."

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