Monologue

Ilya Averbakh, 1972; 100m
Monologue
It's with a touch of sadness that we include Monologue in this tribute to Lenfilm; when we last screened it, as the opening film for our "Soviet Cinema of the 60s" series, we were honored with the presence of its star, Mikhail Gluzsky, who has since passed away. He was a delightful guest and an extraordinary actor, and we dedicate these screenings of Monologue to his memory. One of the first and few films to address the generation gap in the Soviet Union, Monologue is the story of a prominent scientist, Prof. Sretenski (Gluzsky), who years ago was left with a granddaughter to raise alone by his deeply troubled daughter. Unexpectedly, the prodigal daughter returns one day, a new husband in tow, hoping to become part of her daughter's life once again; for her part, the girl is beginning to experience her own emotional crises. Gluzsky finds just the right emotional pitch for his character, creating a man whose personal life was dominated by routine and order but who begins to feel the need to finally express his own long-hidden emotions.