Stilyagi (Hipsters) 2008
Stilyagi or Hipsters, is a wonderful 2008, Russian musical film. Truth is, I wasn’t looking for it, and I just stumbled upon it in YouTube. It so happens that as I was reading Robert A. Heilein’s sci-fi novel called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I came upon the word Stilyagi several times, so I went ahead and … Googled the definition. There I saw the video, and because it looked so colorful, I decided to take a peek. It only took a few minutes and I was hooked. You can see most of it at YouTube (see here). Currently, IMDB rates it a decent 6.9.
The movie is highly energetic, superbly shot, the music is hip and the costumes are truly cool. But on top of it all, there is a sound storyline behind it. As it turns out Stilyagis were young soviet boys and girls, during the 50s and 60s, i.e. the Cold War, who loved the fashion and music culture of the West. So within their own means, they tried to dress and live the part. And even though they held no political views, they were looked upon as traitors, who sold out to the decadence of the West. Surely, many of them got into trouble, but heck young people should rebel… no?
You could say that the director threw everything but the kitchens sink into this film. But it worked; at least it did for me. It’s fun its catchy and most of all, it is entertaining. If you would like to read a good synopsis of the movie, visit the Wikipedia page and you will see the whole plot. Not bad, for a musical, not bad at all!