- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 13, 2009
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Koch Lorber Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.78
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital - Russian
- Subtitles - English - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Cannes 1990 -
Best Director: Pavel Lounguine
Rolling Stone - 02/07/1991
"...A caustic comedy of startling originality....TAXI BLUES is a true social satire. Its wit is both revealing and wounding..."
New York Times - 01/18/1991
"...Superb tragicomedy....Robust and even buoyant..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/07/1991
"...Sensational....There's a typical mournful Russian quality to TAXI BLUES: a soulful melancholia that recalls Dostoevsky or Gorky. But the movie also resonates with something alien and wild..."
This ironic look at daily life in Russia's black market economy centers on a workaholic taxi driver pushed to break out of his self-imposed limitations by an irritating -- but fancy-free -- Jazz musician. Winner, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
When Shlykov, a hard-working, anti-semitic taxi driver, is stiffed for a fare by Lyosha, a Jewish musician, the two form a bizarre love-hate relationship in this darkly comedic look at Moscow in the post-glasnost era. At first, class and race division make friendship for these two nearly impossible, until they both learn they aren't so different after all.
Shlikov, a Moscow cabby scours the city in search of a passenger who stiffed him. He finally locates Liosha -- an alcoholic playing a saxophone on the street. He confiscates the sax but upon discovering the price of the instrument he starts feeling guilty and goes looking for Liosha. An unlikely, stormy friendship develops when the antisemitic taxi driver, regrading the Jewish Jazz musician as genius, takes him in and tries to sober him up.
Substance Abuse |
- A Marin Karmitz presentation.
- A co-production of Lenfilm/ASK Soviet American Films/MK2 Productions SA/La Sept, with the participation of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the National Center of Cinematography. An MK2 Productions USA release.