Flick Review < I Am Twenty | Marlen Khutsiev (1965)


I Am Twenty (1965) Мне двадцать лет
Director: Marlen Khutsiev
Writers: Marlen Khutsiev, Gennady Shpalikov
Cinematography: Margarita Pilikhina
Stars: Valentin Popov, Nikolay Gubenko, Stanislav Lyubshin

Mne dvadtsat let / I Am Twenty (1965), Marlen Khutsiev                                                     Cuban poster by Antonio Reboiro.
                                                         Czech poster / Designer: Bedřich Dlouhý

Andrei Tarkovsky in Marlen Khutsiev's I Am Twenty (1965)
Andrei Tarkovsky in Marlen Khutsiev's I Am Twenty (1965)

I Am Twenty began production in 1959,during the de-Stalinization period of the Khrushchev thaw,
 when Soviet society experienced several years of unprecedented freedom of speech.

By the time the film was finished, the thaw was waning and the film's openly critical view of 
Stalinism was deemed unacceptable, as was its portrayal of the lives of everyday Soviet youth 
worrying about money and jobs and listening to Western music. At a speech in March 1963, 
Khrushchev personally attacked the film and denounced Khutsiev and his collaborators for 
"[thinking] that young people ought to decide for themselves how to live, without asking their elders
 for counsel and help."


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