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Second Circle (1990)

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov     Starring: Aleksandrov,Pyotr
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202287438
UPC: 738329042820
UPC 14: 00738329042820
Category Keywords: Russia
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A Film by Aleksandr Sokurov.
In the 1990 film The Second Circle, Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov (Russian Ark, Mother and Son) solidified his reputation as "a master of controlling mood" (New York Newsday). Expertly pitched between absurdity and elegy, allegory and social critique, The Second Circle is an "uncompromising, imagistic, masterly work" (The New York Times).

In a remote Siberian village, an anonymous young man emerges from a blizzard to claim his late father's body. Navigating the detritus of an old man's final friendless decade and the dehumanizing maze of red tape that are his father's sole legacy, the boy inadvertently picks through the debris of unraveled family ties and confronts the yawning gap between alienated Soviet generations. Scorned and ignored, his labor of mourning becomes as transformative as the labor of birth. "I'll burn everything, but not my father," the young man warns a funeral director. As he finds himself in his father's lifeless eyes, the reluctant young pilgrim discovers that they have more in common in death than they did in life.

"(The Second Circle) is extreme in its rigor, its sobriety and its sublimity.  David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"[Sokurov is] a master of controlling mood...  New York Newsday
"...uncompromising, imagistic, masterly work...  The New York Times

Editor's Note
One of world's most elusive, iconoclastic, and inimitable film directors, Aleksandr Sokurov has become famous for his eerie meditations on the plight of man and the fate of culture. In THE SECOND CIRCLE, a man walks through a Siberian blizzard, arrives at a remote village, and begins the preparations to bury his father. Told in bleakly beautiful black and white with occasional moments of exquisite color, the film approaches the tragedy of the situation with an oppressive and impassive restraint. At times the film takes a darkly humorous tone, as when the son and a neighbor roll the corpse in the snow, or when the coffin nearly tips over, but the overall effect is utterly devastating as the son goes through the arduous, solitary, even absurd, steps necessary to pass into the future. Once again, Sokurov has crafted a beautiful, brutal, and unforgettable work of film art.


Video Features DVD, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/18/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video UPC UPC: 00738329042820
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Russian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Russian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aleksandr Bystryakov
Video Cast Info Nadezhda Rodnova
Video Cast Info Pyotr Aleksandrov
Video Cast Info Tamara Timofeyeva
Video Cast Info Aleksandr Burov - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Aleksandr Sokurov - Director
Video Cast Info Raisa Lisova - Editor
Video Cast Info Yuri Arabov - Writer

Professional Reviews

Strictly Film School 8 of 10
Using high contrast, raw, monochromatic imagery, and spare, but deliberate use of close-up shots, Sokurov reflects the soul's innate longing for compassion, human decency, and spiritual communion in an increasingly amoral, apathetic, and materialistic society

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Aleksandrov,Pyotr
Product attributeLabel:   Kino International
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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