Soviet Film Wednesday: Tenderness

Tenderness Poster

Full of the vibrant energy of the outdoors and whimsical romance, Tenderness (Нежность, Nezhnost) was director Elyer Ishmukhamedov’s first major film, made in 1966-1967, and set in summertime in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

At its release, the film won awards at the International Week Of Asian Film Festival in Frankfort and at the Locarno Film Festival. Tenderness was written by Odelsha Agishev and stars Mariya Sternikova, Rodion Nahapetov, and Rogshan Agzamov.

In this opening float scene, as in much of the movie, Ishmukhamedov sets a happy, leisurely tone of summer magic in Tashkent, conjuring memories of carefree school breaks.

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