NOI VIVI (1942)

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  • LOS QUE VIVIMOS Alternative

Synopsis

Adaptation of the novel by Ayn Rand, set in the years which followed the Russian Revolution, in two parts- NOI VIVI and ADDIO KIRA. The following synopsis is for both parts.

Kira, a young woman with ambitions to be an engineer, enrols at the State Technology Institute. Her indiviualism is frowned upon by many of the Bolshevik students, but she is befriended by Andrei Taganov, a revolutionary and member of the secret police. Kira falls in love with Leo, from a White Russian background, and in order to help him when he falls ill she gets money from Andrei, who believes he is helping her family. When he recovers however, Leo becomes involved with corrupt officials in blackmarket schemes. The whole matter is reported to Andrei, but when he tries to pursue it he realises that the corruption has spread high in the Party ranks, who want a cover-up with Leo as the scapegoat. For Kira's sake Andrei tries to save Leo, but finds himself accused, and after an impassioned speech against their corruption and the corruption of his revolutionary ideals, Andrei shoots himself. Leo is saved, but tells Kira he is leaving her. Alone, Kira plans to cross the frontier and escape from Russia.

Note: NOI VIVI was presented at the Venice Film Festival as one film. It was then split into two separate films, NOI VIVI, and ADDIO KIRA, by the director for general release. Both films were only on general release in Italy for about 4 months before being withdrawn and banned in early 1943 because of perceived "anti-state" allegories with the existing Fascist regime. In 1986 the two films were restored, re-edited and subtitled by the author Ayn Rand and the producer Duncan Scott and released as WE THE LIVING.

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