Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980), Москва слезам не верит, translit. is a 1980 Soviet film made by Mosfilm. It was written by Valentin Chernykh and directed by Vladimir Menshov. The leading roles were played by Vera Alentova and by Aleksey Batalov. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1981.
The film is about in Moscow in 1958 and 1979. The plot centers on 3 young women: Katerina, Lyudmila, and Antonina, who return to Moscow from smaller cities. they’re placed along in a workers’ dorm room and eventually become friends. Antonina (Raisa Ryazanova) is seeing Nikolai, a reserved however kind young man whose parents have a dacha within the country.
Katerina (Vera Alentova) is a serious, outstanding lady who strives to earn her chemistry degree while engaging at a manufacturing plant. She is asked to house-sit an lodging for her well-situated Moscow relatives (a famed professor’s family) while they’re away on a visit. Lyudmila (Irina Muravyova), a flirty go-getter searching for a well-to-do husband while working at a bakeshop, convinces her to throw a night meal at the apartment, and pretend that they’re the daughters of Katerina’s professor uncle, as a ploy to satisfy booming Muscovite men.
At the party, Lyudmila meets Sergei, a famed hockey player, who falls soft on with her and marries her even when discovering the reality regarding her origin. Katerina meets Rodion (Yuri Vasilyev), a sleek talker who works as a camera operator for a TV channel. He charms Katerina and so forces himself onto her. throughout Antonina and Nikolai’s wedding, Lyudmila and Antonina discover that Katerina is pregnant.
Upon discovering that Katerina isn’t the girl of a professor, Rodion refuses to marry her and believes that she goes to abort the foetus. Katerina is unable to urge an abortion as a result of her pregnancy is in a late stage and finishes up giving birth. Rodion’s mother stops by Katerina and Lyudmila’s room in the workers’ dormitory to inform Katerina to prevent bothering her son and offers her cash, that Katerina refuses. Katerina finds out that it was really Lyudmila who was calling Rodion’s mother deceit she was Katerina to demand support payment. This leaves Katerina alone with the baby.
The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980, and was chosen to participate in the International Film Exchange.
The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival (1980).
Vera Alentova was named as the best Soviet actress according to a poll by magazine Soviet Screen (1980).
In 1981 it was awarded the USSR State Prize.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan watched the film several times before his meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev, the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in order to gain a better understanding of the “Russian soul”.
Valentin Chernykh admitted that he received a lot of proposals from Hollywood at that time, but he rejected all of them, since he thought that all the remakes of the movie would fail.
Vitaly Solomin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Oleg Efremov, Leonid Dyachkov auditioned for the part of Gosha. However, none of them could convince the director and he even wanted to play the main character himself, until he saw Aleksey Batalov in the film My Dear Man on television.
It was also difficult to find someone for the part of Katerina. Many well known actresses such as Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Zhanna Bolotova, Irina Kupchenko, Natalya Sayko, Valentina Telichkina and Margarita Terekhova auditioned for that part . But most of them did not like the script, so the part eventually went to the director’s wife, Vera Alentova.
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