Monologue | Chicago Reader

Monologue

Released in 1972, at the tail end of the Soviet new wave, this drama about a science professor and the world that's changing around him is less audacious, ideologically and stylistically, than the best films from that era. Director Ilya Averbakh makes the laconic academic (Mikhail Gluzsky) a symbol for the befuddled old order, as his loneliness and resistance to change are gradually worn down by his rebellious daughter (Marina Leyenova), his petulant granddaughter, and a young colleague who's skeptical of the establishment. A strong Western influence is apparent in the film's exploration of the generation gap, its admiration of youthful ardor, its Bergman-esque reveries. Unfortunately, it's also marred by too much rhetoric, an obsessively clangy sound track, and an excess of unmotivated zoom shots. In Russian with subtitles. 100 min.

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