Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)

Movie Details

Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
Director-: Georgiy Daneliya
Cast-Stanislav LyubshinEvgeniy LeonovYuriy Yakovlev
Movie type- Sci-fi/Comedy
Release date- 01 ST December 1986
IMDB Rating-7.9
Languages- Russian, Georgian
Duration-2 Hour 15 Minutes



Anyone who decides to watch Kin-Dza-Dza! , I must warn you at the very beginning not to even try to take this movie seriously, because there is absolutely nothing serious in it. Both the culture of the planet Pliuk invented by the creators, as well as the technology, clothing and manner of life of the inhabitants, are primarily intended to make the viewer laugh. This does not mean, of course, that Danelia is a stupid film – some of the jokes are very sublime and show a great distance from oneself.

Kin-Dza-Dza! is a story about two random inhabitants of Moscow who, as a result of unexpected contact with a representative of an alien civilization, end up on an alien planet called Pliuk. There, they meet natives who, although they are definitely human, turn out to have completely different customs from the Earthlings.

The film is divided into two parts. In the first one, involuntary space explorers try to find their way in a new reality, everything around them seems to make no sense. The viewer moves around the planet with the characters and is as confused as they are. In the second part, the characters have already spent some time on a foreign planet and are able to function there. The creators also explain to the audience the meaning of certain words, objects and behaviors so that those watching the film can feel a bit like the characters learning a new life. This approach really allows you to draw the viewer into the plot and engage him. I also think that the selection of the main characters could have had this purpose. They are rather unheroic; they are ordinary, gray Muscovites, the same as the target group of this painting.

It is worth devoting a few words to the scenography. Most of the film takes place on the planet Pliuk, which is pretended to be the Kara Kum desert (yes, Uncle Vova’s statement in one of the first scenes was not accidental at all). The surreal nature of Kin-Dza-Dza! in several places it is highlighted with obvious references to Salvador Dalí’s paintings. It is very possible that Dalí was the inspiration for the film’s creators, even though they approached the topic in a mocking manner. The film has quite characteristic colors – yellow and brown dominate, both in the landscape and in the clothes of the actors playing the natives. The set and costumes use scrap elements to create abstract metal installations. The effect obtained in this way reminds me of the Mad Max series – it is possible that this association goes a bit too far, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that Daneliya is a fan of it. Or that George Miller, who directed Fury Road , is a fan of the Soviet comedy, which is almost thirty years older.

I think Kin-Dza-Dza! is not a film for everyone. To appreciate it, you need to have a specific sense of humor and an open mind, otherwise you will only see antics on the screen. However, fans of comedies like Rejs or Hydrozagadka should have a great time. Georgij Daneliya’s comedy presents exactly the type of humor they prefer.

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