Retrospective of Greatness

MARIA’S LOVERS

USA | 1984

Andrei Konchalovsky

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Director:
Andrei Konchalovsky

Screenplay:
Gérard Brach,
Andrei Konchalovsky,
Paul Zindel,
Marjorie David

Director of photography:
Juan Ruiz Anchía

Film Editing:
Humphrey Dixon

Producers:
Boško Đorđević,
Lawrence Taylor-Mortoff

Production Company:
The Cannon Group inc.,
Golan-Globus production

Cast:
Nastassja Kinski,
John Savage,
Robert Mitchum,
Keith Carradine

Duration:
109′

Synopsis

Ivan Bibić returns to his hometown in Pennsylvania, after surviving World War II in a Japanese POW camp. He rejoins his childhood sweetheart Maria Bibić. She terminates her engagement with Captain Al Griselli. They get married in an Orthodox church. After years of longing for Maria, Ivan is now unable to have a normal conjugal life.

 

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Director's Biography

Andrei Konchalovsky

Andrei Konchalovsky is a Russian film and theatre director and screenwriter. Growing up, he was trained as a concert pianist. He co-wrote several movie screenplays with Andrei Tarkovsky during their studies at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. Their cooperation resulted in a featurette, Steamroller and the Violin (1961), and Ivan’s Childhood (1962), a feature in which Konchalovsky also played a small role. Later, the two collaborated on the screenplay for Andrei Rublev (1966). In the meantime, Konchalovsky directed his first film, First Teacher (1965), based on the prose by Chynghyz Aitmatov. His next film, The Story of Asya Klyachina (1967), was for the first time widely distributed only 20 years after it had been produced.

Following an adaptation of Uncle Vanya (1971), Konchalovsky directed A Lover’s Romance (1974) in which characters speak mostly in free verse. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival for the four-part Siberiade, portraying three generations a Russian family living in a village. In 1972, he won the Kazakhstan State Award for the screenplay of The End of The Ataman. He also won the Russian People’s Artist Award in 1980. In the same year, he went to Hollywood. In the movie Maria’s Lovers (1984), he sets Andrei Platonov’s novel in a Serb community in a small town in Pennsylvania. His movie, Runaway Train (1985), was based on the screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. In the US, Konchalovsky also directed television and won a Prime-Time Emmy for his mini-series, The Odyssey. Since 1994, he has directed movies on both sides of what once was the Iron Curtain.

Andrei Konchalovsky also directs drama classics and operas in theater. His newest film, The Postman’s White Nights, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.