Some of our readers asked about an old soviet movie “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears“(Moskva slezan ne verit/Москва слезам не верит), 1979. So this weekend Russian Video from Russia shows this good movie.
The story is as old as Soviet Union (that’s still true for Russia and countries belong to Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). And I don’t know if it was true in Russian Empire before 1917). People from province always wanted to get in Moscow to find easier and better life and more possibilities. Life is not that easier for people who chose this way they have to prove that Moscow needs them, not just they need to live in Moscow. So three girls who came to Moscow were settled in the same room in a dormitory and became friends… Three girls – three different lives (the late 1950s to the late 1970s). I don’t think I should retell you this touching movie… Who’s main idea is “Moscow does not believe in tears – Moscow believes in love“.
Awards and recognition:
* Grand Prize at the IFF in Portugal, 1980. * Oscar for Best Foreign Film, 1980. * Saint-Michel Prize for best Actress (Vera Alentova) at the Brussels IFF, 1981.
US President Ronald Reagan watched the film several times prior to his meetings with the President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, in order to gain a better understanding of the “Russian soul”.
================================ Director: Vladimir Menshov. Script: Valentin Chernykh. Camera: Igor Slabnevich. Music by: Sergei Nikitin.
Cast Vera Alentova, Alexei Batalov, Irina Muravyova, Alexander Fatyushin, Raissa Ryazanova, Boris Smorchkov, Yuri Vassiliev, Natalya Vavilova, Oleg Tabakov, Yevghenia Khanayeva, Victor Uralsky, Zoya Fyodorova, Liya Akhedjakova, Valentina Ushakova, Innokenty Smoktunovsky.