Burnt by the Sun

(Nikita Mikhalkov, 1995). Glibly resonant, heartfelt yet sleazy, Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar winner collapses Soviet history into a bloody domestic quarrel, conflating nostalgia for the pre-revolutionary gentry with the onset of Stalinist terror. Cast as a political martyr enjoying his last day of freedom, Mikhalkov charms himself more than he does the audience—jolly self-assertion yielding to pathos and finally mawkish gallantry.
Sat., May 23, 4:15 p.m.; Sun., May 24, 8:30 p.m., 2009

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