This early film is still considered by many to be among this long-lived and fruitful director’s most significant work. Konchalovskii used nonprofessional actors for all but the two lead roles in the film. This is coupled with black-and-white documentary style of shooting. The film is about gentle, tender and proud love of Asya, a lame woman, for driver Stepan who is a good-for-nothing person.
The Russian theatre and film director Andrei Konchalovsky is an elder brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, born August, 20, 1937. As a youngster he planned to pursue a career of a musician and learned to play piano but his love for cinema outweighed and he entered VGIK-the major state film school where he studied under Mikhail Romm. At VGIK he met Tarkovsky, they collaborated on Ivan’s childhood and Andrei Rublev. For his length feature debut The First Teacher (1961), he chose the book by Chingis Aitmatov about the post-1917 Revolution period in the southern Russia. His next film, a black and white Asya Klyachina’s Story although made in 1966 was not released until a decade later because it failed to comply with the strict requirements of the Russian censorship of the period. A Nest of Gentry (1969) – a study of the 19 c. aristocracy – was praised for its visual beauty but attacked by critics as mannered. Konchalovsky’s powerful Uncle Vanya (1970) from the play by Chekhov is regarded by many… read more
this is really something. he moves away from his work with tarkovsky to something completly different, so realistic, that it was banned and censored. the characters are heartbreaking, and the decision of asya's not to marry is a clear call for independence under the soviet regime. brilliantly scripted, and visually bleak to withold, this is a true testament of village culture under in the USSR.
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