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Nikita Mikhalkov

Oci ciornie (Les yeux noirs)

Edition 1987
118' - 1987 - Drama, Comedy, Romance - Dialogue: Russian, Italian, French
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov Composer: Francis Lai With: Marcello Mastroianni, Silvana Mangano, Marthe Keller
Aboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian. In a series of flashbacks filmed almost entirely in creams, whites, and ochers, the clownish and superfluous Romano Patroni leaves his wife's opulent home to visit a spa where he falls in love with a Russian woman whose marriage is a horror. He pursues her into the Russian heartland and returns to Italy resolved to leave his wife and marry his love. His amazed and appreciative Russian listener then narrates a shorter story.

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Nikita Mikhalkov


Francis Lai


Marcello Mastroianni, Silvana Mangano, Marthe Keller


Nikita Mikhalkov, Aleksandr Adabashyan, Suso Cecchi D'Amico

Director of Photography

Franco Di Giacomo


Enzo Meniconi


Carlo Cucchi, Silvia D'Amico Bendicò

More information


Russian, Italian, French

Countries of production

Italy, Union soviétique

Screenplay based on

"Short stories" (Anton P. Chechov)



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