Shine, Shine, My Star (1970 film)

Shine, Shine, My Star (Russian: Гори, гори, моя звезда, romanizedGori, gori moya zvezda) is a 1970 comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Mitta.

Shine, Shine, My Star
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Directed byAlexander Mitta
Written byYuli Dunsky
Alexander Mitta
Valeri Frid
StarringOleg Tabakov
Oleg Yefremov
Elena Proklova
Yevgeny Leonov
Leonid Kuravlyov
Music byBoris Chaikovsky
CinematographyYuri Sokol
Edited byNadezhda Veselyovskaya
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
94 minutes
CountrySoviet Union


Events in the film take place during the Russian Civil War. In a small provincial town at first come to power the red, then the white and then the green. The protagonist is the self-taught theater director Vladimir Iskremas (a pseudonym, which is an abbreviation of "Iskusstvo — revoljucionnym massam" – "Art - for the revolutionary masses") stages the tragedy of Joan of Arc. He is obsessed with the ideas of theater and its transformation under the new revolutionary art.



At first Rolan Bykov was supposed to play Iskremas. But after he starred in the prohibited 1967 film Commissar, the actor was listed as "disgraced" and Oleg Tabakov was hired for the role instead.[1] The working title of the picture, Comedy about Iskremas, was not accepted by the commission at acceptance of the picture. Mitta came up with the new name Shine, Shine, My Star - coinciding with the famous romance.[2] In the episodic roles of white officers in the film three notable Soviet film directors were cast: Vladimir Naumov, Marlen Khutsiev and Konstantin Voinov.[3]


  1. ^ "Гори, гори, моя звезда. Х/ф". Russia-K.
  2. ^ "Александр Митта: Нужно понимать, как управлять вниманием зрителя" [Alexander Mitta: It is important to understand how to control the viewers attention]. 27 January 2007.
  3. ^ Интервью с Г. В. Баснером

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