Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Inhabited Island

Growing up in a socialist Eastern Bloc country, we didn't have Star Wars but Strugatsky brothers. I still consider their humanist books as the best works of science-fiction genre. I recently found that the Russians adapted one of their most interesting books, the Inhabited Island, into two movies. While the ending is kind of cheesy and doesn't match well the original ambiance of the book, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the adaptation. While I was not imagining Maxim Kammerer as a blond surfer boy,

the Gaal siblings, Gai and Rada, were chosen perfectly:

Пётр Фёдоров, who played Gai, my favourite character in the book, was so incredibly charming!

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