East/West (2000)

French director Regis Wargnier's fifth feature film is a romantic period drama which is also a tribute to the victims of a tragic Stalinist episode. In June 1946, Stalin launched a major propaganda campaign aimed at Russians who had… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 7, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Frank Swietek
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The horrifying historical background has been transformed into a conventional melodrama, and much of it has a bogus feel.

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Arthur Lazere

Recommended only for the most devoted soap fans, 'East-West' earns our early nominations both for Fuzziest-Thinking Director and for Most Pretentious Film of the Year.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Offering fine, if not the most eye-pleasing, production values and convincing acting, East-West and its important theme deserve attention.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A true story that reminds us what we so easily forget - to cherish the freedom that enables our souls to bloom and to flourish.

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Steve Rhodes
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Too often murky and with too many characters, the film works best when the director focuses attention firmly on the leads and their actions.

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