A few weeks ago I learned about the Georgiy Daneliya film, “I Walk Through Moscow”. In some places it’s spoken of as reminiscent of the French New Wave films of its time. It was interesting enough to re-watch, and it’ll bear further re-watching.
I’d say it’s a very good film except for one thing: I had already seen “I am Twenty,” a work by Martin Khutsiev. It also features young people on the streets of Moscow, and it, too, has been described as reminiscent of the French New Wave films.
The Khutsiev film was begun in 1959, but not released until 1965 or 1966. Khrushchev had denounced it, revisions were made, and still it was not released for wide distribution for several years. In the meantime “I Walk Through Moscow” came out.
It makes me wonder if Danieliya’s film was a politically correct version that was made in response to Khutsiev’s film. I have tried using Google to find out, but have not been very successful in finding any articles that compare the two.