Directed by Marlen Khutsiev
Written by Anatolii Grebnev and Marlen Khutsiev. Cinematography by German Lavrov. Art Direction by Georgii Kalganov. Music by Bulat Okudzhava and Iurii Vizbor. With Evgeniia Uralova, Aleksandr Beliavskii, Iurii Vizbor, Aleksandr Mitta, and Alina Pokrovskaia.
In Russian with English subtitles
The heroes of July Rain who
came out of the recent [film by Khutsiev] Lenin's Guard, are not simply three
years older-they went through an entire historical cataclysm, the cataclysm
which is all the more terrifying because it seems not to have happened at
all, at least not officially, on the surface, in the public sphere.
Marlen Khutsiev (b. 1925) graduated from the State Institute of Cinematography in 1952. One of the leading cultural figures of the Thaw, Khutsiev made films that were both popular with the audience (especially the 1956 Spring on Zarechnaia Street) and symbolic of the era's dreams and illusions. In 1965, the film I Am Twenty got a Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. In the 1970s Khutsiev worked on TV. In 1992, Khutsiev's film Infinitas won two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival. The director in currently working on a film about Aleksandr Pushkin. Khutsiev received a prestigious award "For Services to the Motherland."