Hipsters

Directed by Valery Todorovsky

Release Year: 2008
Running Time: 125
Color Type: Color
Country: Russia
Language: Russian w/ English subtitles [audio]
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Cast
Maxim Marveev
Evgenia Brik
Oksana Akinshina
Anton Shagin

Crew
Directed by Valery Todorovsky

Moscow 1955. Stalin has been dead two years, but not even Khrushchev's thaw can prevent Komsomol shock troops from hounding hipsters (stilyagi), fans of American jazz, culture and fashion. The student Mels, a Komsomol member, meets Polya, a hipster, while conducting a raid on a hipster hangout. Mels falls in love with Polya while his Communist comrade harbors romantic feelings for him.

Mels ingratiates himself into Polya's group of hipsters who meet up on "Broadway" (Gorky/Tverskaya Street), and begins adopting their extreme fashion and lifestyle. Soon, Mels is a hit on the dance floor and starts learning to play the saxophone. He is expelled from college, changes his name to Mel and has the beautiful Polya for a girlfriend. Polya becomes pregnant and the couple's hipster lifestyle is threatened as members of their scene start abandoning their wild ways.

With delightful retro-musical scenes and cinematography parodying the style of Soviet realism, HIPSTERS is a lush rebel-with-a-cause romance full of intricately choreographed toe-tapping numbers, and plenty of satirical social commentary.

Educational Reviews

"[a] heady combination of realistic detail and expressionist song-and-dance sequences, offering a rare glimpse into a Russian subculture that Americans have not seen dramatized before. Recommended" - Video Librarian

Awards

  • Best Art Direction Chicago International Film Festival
    Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival