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MONDO MOSCOW BY PETER VRONSKY (1992) TRAILER


In the last winter of the collapsing Soviet regime in Russia in 1990-1991, filmmaker Peter Vronsky seeks out the turbulent intelligentsia of Moscow: painters, poets, newspaper editors, journalists, art collectors, filmmakers, a mad architect, corporate opportunists and a lunatic fringe of neo-fascists. All are haunted by the ubiquitous presence of Joseph Stalin even though the notorious dictator had died forty years earlier in 1953.  Mondo Moscow is a secret journey deep into Moscow's hidden underground culture in a Russia at the brink of cultural and political collapse.

Guided by some of Moscow's most controversial thinkers at the time, Mondo Moscow explores off-beat corners of the city, some forbidden to outsiders even today.  From the rooftops of the Stalin 'Ghost Busters' skyscrapers to the suburban house where the dictator died in 1953, still shut and guarded by special security, Mondo Moscow takes the viewer on a voyage through hidden Moscow.  The film uncovers a mass grave in the middle of a new construction project in the center of Moscow, hidden Masonic interiors and tombs, and penetrates an assortment of guarded and gated 'forbidden' zones in the city.  From Red Army colonels "gobbling down Big Macs" to the rantings of a mad architect convinced of the existence of 'mind control' machines on the rooftops of Stalin skyscrapers, Mondo Moscow is an unconventional look at new Russian culture from the inside.

The film features painter Eric Bulatov, author Alexander Kabakov, editor of Moscow News and former advisor to Gorbachev Len Karpinsky, journalist Dimitry Radishevsky, screenwriter Sasha Mindadze, poet Vsevolod Nekrassov, art historian Teodor Tezhik, architect Liosha Tiegan and many other vanguard artists, thinkers and members of the lunatic fringe.

The background sound track was composed by the Cowboy Junkies' Ken Myhr with the title and end songs written and performed by Russia's leading former underground musician, Boris Grebenshikov of Aquarium. 

The Toronto Star described Mondo Moscow as "A weird rock'n'roll journey into the subtext of Russia's new emerging culture."


MONDO MOSCOW  ITALY CANADA  COPRODUCTION TVO - PROFESSIONAL VIDEO -  AN OCEAN CORPORATION PRODUCTION with the participation of the ONTARIO FILM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION produced by PETER VRONSKY russia coproducer INNA KRYMOVA italy coproducer SERGIO PASTRELLO coproducer JOANNE MUROFF SMALE director of photography TONY WANNAMAKER csc editor CAROLINE CHRISTIE post-production design PETER LYNCH music KEN MYHR sound VOLODIA KOZLOV title song performed by BORIS GREBENSHIKOV written and directed by PETER VRONSKY

 DVD FULL-SCREEN 90 MINUTES NTSC   COPYRIGHT1991  OCEAN CORPORATION
 
   

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