The Humorist

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In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship. In 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once the leaders who dictate what he can and cannot joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of insult humor, he takes his revenge. This film won the Blue Angel Prize for Best Actor (Aleksey Agranovich) at the Art Film Fest, and the Special Jury Award (Michael Idov) at the Pune International Film Festival. (Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic. Russian with English subtitles) ...  
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