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The Lower Depths

USSR, 1947 (MIFF 1957, Russian Cinema in Retrospect)

Director: Vladimir Yurenev, Sergei Vladimirsk

Fine character acting is the outstanding feature of these two scenes from the famous Maxim Gorki play. The first excerpt faithfully sets the mood of the play - the story of a group of social outcasts living together. though with a certain amount of friction - and includes the famous oration on "What is Man?" The second excerpt offers an ironical touch when a drunken party is interrupted by the discovery that one of the group has hanged himself.

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