The Humorist is a film about a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian. Boris is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships.
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Exquisite attention to detail. Damn near immaculate really. Every frame, every detail - seeming to've been very thoroughly and effectively thought-out. Yet all this, without anything that struck me as over-pushing or over-selling. Deeply impressive; not just for a movie lover or a comedy lover in general, but also for someone who is not entirely unfamiliar with the specific subject matter at hand.
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