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"Falling to Heaven": a new adaptation of Harms

July 24 2007

In this Thursday at Russian film releases a new art-film Natalia Mitroshin "Falling to Heaven", was created based on the stories and diaries of the writer Daniil Kharms.

Now theaters en masse visited by young people, so I'll consider the movie in terms of generation under the age of 23 years. Deserved fame Daniil Kharms was only 30 years after his horrible death. Because of Soviet censorship, to readers of his poems and stories have reached only 70-years of the twentieth century.

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Reading public Daniil Kharms was to compare the opening of Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn and Babel. It turned out that in Soviet literature for many years there is a genre of absurdity. Stream of consciousness, reflecting the pathological processes in the society at 20-30 years of last century.

The film "Falling to Heaven", based on a short story from the "accident". For example, a constantly falling out the window an old woman - it's 5 lines humorously satirical skits "throw out the old woman." Scary scenes with a man without a corner in your home or a piece of butter, Harms showed the limitations and the sickening of the life out of it was just death ...

On a plot of the movie lover fixer is 9 ½ circles of hell name Harms. Nine black and white days, a young electrician brings the light of the inhabitants of a communal apartment 20-ies. Each character has its own history, military, entertainers, dancers and a policeman - all of them are vivid and unforgettable. In the movie, Natalie Mitroshin we see feelings and attitudes of parents and children, men and women, man and society. And it is very difficult and painful to believe that this is all true.

Domestic life alternate with shots newsreel showing the famine, the fall of human moral and idealistic images of the lucky pioneers and shock troops. After each new farce on the screen run all new lines Harms, and the speakers are songs, waltz and foxtrot those years.

I doubt that idea will be understood Harms today's youth. They have not lived in communal flats, poorly known and is quickly forgotten their history. Easier for them to believe that this is nonsense director, than to understand the terrible reality. Creativity and personality of the writer for the fans of "Dom-2" and "Harry Potter" empty words ...

Overall impression of the movie is very good, it just spoils it is not clear why the inserted computer graphics. In the latter part of the film appear on the screen poorly made program 3 D - MAX insects, fish and babies, which destroys or "the call" Stalin and his totalitarian regime. From the work of Harms and referred to in the film of the law of mass that is so evident, why did spoil the masterpiece of crude propaganda - for me remains a mystery.

I would not want to believe that shooting the picture in any way that affected the offensive in 2000 presidential elections and a new round of power struggle between communists and democrats. "Falling to Heaven" was filmed almost eight years (1998-2006). This year's film participated at the festival Kinotavr, and was originally selected by the organizers of the Berlin Film Festival.

Alex Vitvitskiy


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