GenreComedy, Romance, Drama Duration CountryItaly
LanguageItalian / Russian / French WriterAleksandr Adabashyan, Suso Cecchi dAmico, Anton Chekhov Release dateSeptember 9, 1987 Initial releaseSeptember 9, 1987 (France) GenresComedy, Romance Film, Drama film CastMarcello Mastroianni (Romano), Elena Safonova (Anna Sergeyevna), Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy (Il Governarore di Sisoiev), Marthe Keller (Tina, Romano's Mistress), Vsevolod Larionov (Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)), Pina Cei (Elisa's Mother) Similar moviesRelated Nikita Mikhalkov movies
TaglineAboard a ship early in the 20th-century, a middle-aged Italian tells his story of love to a Russian.
Dark eyes film review
Dark Eyes (Italian: Oci ciornie; Russian: Очи чёрные) is a 1987 Italian and Russian language film which tells the story of a 19th-century married Italian who falls in love with a married Russian woman. It stars Marcello Mastroianni and Yelena Safonova.
One day, on board a steamer, Romano (Marcello Mastroianni), a middle-aged Italian, tells to a Russian man the story of his life. He narrates his encounter with a young Russian lady with dark beautiful eyes, their brief romantic interlude and his sudden abandonment. Haunted by the memory of that lady, Romano travels to Russia to find her.
The film was adapted from (or rather inspired by) four Anton Chekhov's stories, notably The Lady with the Pet Dog, by a Soviet-Italian team that included Alexander Adabashyan, Suso Cecchi d'Amico and Nikita Mikhalkov. The latter directed. The title refers to a famous Russian art song.
Marcello Mastroianni - Romano
Marthe Keller - Tina, Romano's Mistress
Yelena Safonova - Anna Sergeyevna, Governor's Wife (as Elena Sofonova)
Pina Cei - Elisa's Mother
Vsevolod Larionov - Pavel (Russian Ship Passenger)
Innokenti Smoktunovsky - the Governor of Sysoyev (as Innochentij Smoktunovskj)
Roberto Herlitzka - Lawyer
Paolo Baroni - Manlio
Oleg Tabakov - His Grace
Yuri Bogatyryov - Marshall (as Jury Bogatiriov)
Dmitri Zolotukhin - Konstantin (as Dimitri Zolothuchin)
Silvana Mangano - Elisa (Romano's Wife)
Jean-Pierre Bardos - Laying guest (as J. Pierre Bardos)
Nino Bignamini - Buyer
Maria Grazia Bon - His wife
Principal shooting took place at the Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, in the Volga town of Kostroma, and in Leningrad (Vladimir Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress). A few of the actors had previously appeared together in A Cruel Romance, a 1984 Russian film starring Mikhalkov and shot on location in Kostroma.
Mastroianni received the award for Best Actor at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Safonova was awarded the David di Donatello as Best Actress.