Sunday, July 27, 2008
Burnt by the Sun (Sony Pictures 1994)
Let me give a hat tip to my buddy Kev over at Amboy Times for this great suggestion!
This is the second foreign language film to be the Edge Conservative Movie of the Week, and just like The Lives of Others, Burnt by the Sun will not disappoint. This Russian film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Picture in 1994. Here's the plot...
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call.
I hope you like subtitles, because there is no English version available. However, this is a great flick to watch and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Here is a documentary of the film. WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!
A deleted scene!