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Hipsters [DVD] [2008]

Release Date:02/19/2013
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    This fine period musical dramatizes a subject both unique and distinguished: the movement of jazz fans (known as "Stilyagi") who flaunted their open-mindedness and fearlessly mocked Communist repression in 1955 Moscow. The central premise (which channels Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story) deals with a star-crossed romance between two lovers on opposite sides of the said fence: Mels (Anton Shagin) is a pro-communist Komsomol activist, Polly (Oksana Akinshina) is a sexy, uninhibited, free-spirited member of the Stilyagi; they fall instantly in love despite vast differences, and Polly turns her new paramour on to the many pleasures of the West, including jazz music. Significantly, although the real-life members of the Stilyagi experienced sad fates (such as imprisonment), this cinematic treatment of them exudes a bright and upbeat sensibility, marked by glossy musical numbers that are scattered throughout. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Anton Shagin
      Anton Shagin - Mels
    • Oksana Akinshina
      Oksana Akinshina - Polly
    • Ekaterina Vilkova
      Ekaterina Vilkova - Betsy
    • Irina Rozanova
      Irina Rozanova
    • Sergei Garmash
      Sergei Garmash

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