1986. USSR. Dir: Aleksei Guerman. With Andrei Boltnev. 100 min.
Banned upon initial release, Lapshin presents an uncommonly clear-eyed vision of the Stalinist years, depicting day-to-day life against the ominous background of rising fascism, the cult of personality, and gangsters trafficking in some very distasteful meat. Guerman applies his trademark wit, toughness, and compassion to one of cinema’s richest explorations of history.
Tonight, October 6th. 8pm. Goldsmith Family Cinema. Free.