Four White Shirts

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Four White Shirts

musician 1960s

Four White Shirts

Release Date: January 04, 1967

Year    :   1967
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, Music
Production Companies    :   Rīgas kinostudija
Director    :   Rolands Kalniņš
Producers    :   Georgs Blūmentāls, Valdis Aizpurietis
Writers    :   Gunārs Priede, Gunārs Priede, Māris Čaklais
RunTime    :   77 mins.

Cezars Kalnins, portrayed by "Latvian Harrison Ford” Uldis Pucitis, installs telephones by day and composes pop songs by night. The puritan Soviet censorship deems Cezars’s lyrics "unsuitable and frivolous” and "unfit for the Soviet youth”. In fact, it can be argued that this assessment matches the opinion of the Soviet cinema authorities in regard to this film as a whole, since "Four White Shirts” was immediately banned and released in cinemas only in 1986. The creative boldness and stubbornness, evident in both Cezars’s bitingly ironic verses and the film’s unconventional narrative structure and fresh, new-wave-inspired mode of expression, turned out to be equally problematic for the hero and for the film itself, as well as for its director whose representation of the actual mechanisms of Soviet censorship ended up too realistic for his own good.

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