A Slave of Love
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Russia, 1976, 94 minutes
A Slave of Love Synopsis

Olga Voznesenskaya is a silent screen star whose pictures are so popular that underground revolutionaries risk capture to see them. She's in southern Russia filming a tear-jerker as the Bolsheviks get closer to Moscow. Although married, she spends time every day with Victor Pototsky, the film's cameraman. Gradually, it comes to light that Victor uses his job as a cover for filming White atrocities and Red heroism: he's a Bolshevik. He asks her for help, and she discovers meaning in her otherwise flighty and self-centred life. Love blooms. Will the Red forces arrive in time to save them from a suspicious White military leader? Will she find courage?

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Reviewed by jeteli
The film has a lot to offer:  tragic love story,  enthralling musical pieces, poetry and impressive visual imagery, among others. This is considered one of Mikhalkov's noteworthy films for the... more
The film has a lot to offer:  tragic love story,  enthralling musical pieces, poetry and impressive visual imagery, among others. This is considered one of Mikhalkov's noteworthy films for the emotions and messages that it conveyed to the viewers. Melancholic and tragic, this film won 3rd Place as Best Foreign Language Film at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards in 1978. A must-watch!
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Tragic and gripping! This is a compelling film of how Olga and Victor grew in love with each other although it was a  risky one as he was a Bolshevik.... more
Tragic and gripping! This is a compelling film of how Olga and Victor grew in love with each other although it was a  risky one as he was a Bolshevik. There were very emotional scenes in the movie, such as that scene where Olga and Victor were talking and Olga asks him to wait, with both of them confessing their love for each other yet when Victor leaves he gets shot down. The cinematography is commendable and acting performances were impressive especially that of Yelena Solovey as Olga, she's a regular amongst Director Mikhalkov's films. This film tackles not only about counter espionage but of the deepest human emotions such as love. 
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