$5 Classic Movie Night: “Moscow On The Hudson” | Paramount Theatre
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Paramount Theatre | 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Friday, September 15, 2017
$5 Classic Movie Night | Paramount Theatre
Director Paul Mazursky’s empathetic tale delivers a hilarious and touching portrait of a shy Russian circus musician who defects to the U.S. and discovers that life in the Free World just might not live up to his expectations.
Far from a dated Cold War period piece, the film retains its immediacy and relevance due both to Mazursky’s three-dimensional approach to the immigrant experience in America and to Robin William’s star turn as saxophone player Vladimir Ivanoff.
Taking on a role which easily could have devolved into a cartoon, the young comedian – fresh from his Mork and Mindy TV success – put in over a year of study of both the Russian language and the saxophone before stepping in front of Mazursky’s cameras. The result was a sensitive and stellar performance that demonstrated Williams’ immense range as a dramatic actor and paved the way for the memorable performances he would deliver over the years.
*Top Pick*, East Bay, Movies