Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears Analysis

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Vladimir Men’shov’s Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1979) is a Soviet melodrama that focuses on the fate of three working-class women in the glamorous city of Moscow. The film reflects the socialist ideologies by telling the story of the individual characters and their struggles in life. Liuda, Katia, and Tonia once lived in the same workers’ dorm, but when they grew older, they led different paths of lives. The results of their lives are determined by their attitude and their contribution to the society.
Katia seems to embody the paradigm of a working-class woman (Salys, 177). At the end of the film, she had obtained material success, social mobility, and a happy marriage. The other two characters did not fit the qualities that make up an ideal woman in the socialist society, so they did not obtain everything that Katia obtained. Tonia’s life was happy, because she embodies the second-best class, the peasantry (Sakys, 176). She had a garden in the countryside, and she lived peacefully with her husband. However, her satisfaction with a country life hindered her from making social progress, while Katia raised to higher ranks. Moreover, the romantic rustic life that was inevitably linked to property ownership was an inward focus on individuality instead of an outward contribution to the collective mass, which was perceived as unfruitful by the socialist ideology. Liuda flirted with many men, and at the outset, she seemed to be the most successful woman due to her marriage to

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