Slave of Love

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  • NR
  • 1976
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 7.2  (1,703)

Set during the Russian Revolution, Slave of Love tells the story of a film crew who are creating a propaganda film for the Bolsheviks. The head of the film crew, Andrei (Aleksandr Kalyagin), is married to the leading lady, Olga (Elena Solovey). Despite their marital status, they have an unconventional relationship where they have an open marriage and pursue other lovers.

While filming in the countryside, the crew comes across a mansion which belongs to an aristocratic family. The family is forced to give up their possessions and their property, and the film crew decides to use the mansion as a location for their movie. The actress Olga is attracted to one of the family members, Maksakov (Rodion Nakhapetov), and she decides to seduce him in order to gain insight into how the aristocracy is adjusting to the new Soviet order.

As Olga and Maksakov’s affair develops, the film crew’s shoot becomes more complicated. The crew becomes more and more involved in their propaganda efforts, failing to capture the real essence of the story. Olga, on the other hand, becomes increasingly emotionally invested in Maksakov, and the situation becomes more complicated when she discovers that he is loyal to the Bolsheviks and is working as a spy.

The film is a tragicomedy that explores themes of love, loyalty, and ideology. The characters are complex, and their relationships are fraught with tension and contradiction. Director Nikita Mikhalkov creates a mud-colored, idyllic setting for the film, which perfectly complements the chaos of the Russian Revolution. The characters are caught up in the distant events of their country, and they struggle to reconcile their personal desires with their political beliefs.

Slave of Love was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976, where it received significant critical acclaim. The film features an ensemble cast that delivers strong performances, particularly Elena Solovey, who perfectly embodies the manipulative and conflicted Olga. Mikhalkov's unique style of storytelling and composition will keep you engrossed in the setting and the story, and his cinematic vision creates a beautiful and surreal atmosphere despite the harsh and decrepit reality of the time.

Overall, Slave of Love is a beautiful and poignant piece of cinema that highlights the struggle for power and the constant battle between personal desires and political convictions. It's a film that is often overlooked but has its own unique charm and approach to the subject matter. With its potent script, beautiful photography, and superb acting, Slave of Love is a must-watch movie for anyone interested in Russian history and the transformative power of love.

Slave of Love is a 1976 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

Slave of Love
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    7.2  (1,703)