The Theme

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The Theme
Directed by Gleb Panfilov
Written by Aleksandr Chervinsky
Gleb Panfilov
Starring Mikhail Ulyanov
Inna Churikova
Distributed by IFEX (US theatrical)
Release dates
1979 (USSR)
16 October 1987 (U.S. limited)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The Theme (Russian: Тема) is a 1979 Soviet film directed by Gleb Panfilov. It tells the story of an egotistical playwright who thinks of himself as an artist, but who allows the system to make him write conformist plays.

The film was heavily censored on its release in 1979. The full version was not released until 1986; this version was awarded the Golden Bear at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]



  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1987 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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