Orator

Yusup Razykov, Uzbekistan, 2000; 83m
Orator
Yusup Razikov's crystal-clear and mordantly funny political comedy gets right to the heart of the bizarre mismatch between Soviet communist aspirations and human realities. In the early 1920s, a gentle Uzbek man who inherits three adoring young wives from his late brother is unexpectedly called to the stage during a rally, and reveals a gift for oratory. He is catapulted into the absurd and often treacherous world of Soviet politics, and keeps on speechifying to protect himself and his beloved wives. Every new twist in this colorful, theatrically stylized film nudges the hero and the viewer to another level of strangely twisted logic.