From Russia with Love

On February 24th Valery Todorovsky’s “Hipsters” (“Stilyagi”) opens at Cinema Village in New York City.  Set in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War era, this film portrays the life of a communist party youth who ventures into the underground and discovers the hipsters, who live up the wild life of American jazz.  Broadway is suddenly a much different place and Moscow never looked so good.  Jazz suddenly becomes a political and personal divide, shaking up the conservative, monotonous society and firing arrows of love into the protagonist’s heart.  Cinematography and fashion are stand-outs creating a glamorous marvel out of a country that has been most known for its widespread poverty. Since its debut, “Hipsters” has picked up four Nikas (Russian Oscar) for best film, production design, costumes and sound.  

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