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Khrustalyov, My Car!

Khrustalyov, mashinu!

Directed by Aleksei German
France, Russia, 1998
Comedy, Drama


Arguably Guerman’s most visually stunning, wildly provocative work, this fever-dream meditation on the crazed final days of Stalin’s regime was a cause célèbre of the 1998 Cannes and New York film festivals.

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Khrustalyov, My Car! Directed by Aleksei German

Critics reviews

In this snowbound fever dream, beauty and anarchic humor coexist with horror, at times viewed through the glare of lamplight or veils of steam, smoke and falling snow. Elaborate shots flow through labyrinthine interiors, including that of the hospital and the supremely atmospheric apartment, cluttered with taxidermy and crystal chandeliers, from which the doctor’s family is evicted after his arrest.
January 27, 2015
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One of the most disturbing Russian films of all time, Khrustalyov, mashuni (Khrustalyov, My Car!, 1998) provides the audience with a firsthand experience of the madness, paranoia and absurdity that pervaded Moscow during the final days of Stalin’s regime. Seven years in the making, Alexei German’s angry masterpiece is an extraordinary example of cinematic modernism and a visceral interrogation of the calamity of the Stalinist era.
March 17, 2013
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Composed mainly in long takes — none of them close to 93 minutes — on high-contrast black-and-white film, Khroustaliov, My Car! could never have a Web site or a T-shirt, much less a sales pitch, because the experience of watching it eludes commodification on every level. Technically I find it a more impressive achievement than Time Code, because it’s a richly detailed period film, and because it seems created out of a deep personal necessity that borders on the demonically obsessional.
April 28, 2000
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