Dark Eyes (1987): Nikita Mikhalkov Directs Mastroianni in Oscar Nominated Performance

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Island Pictures (Excelsior TV and Rai Uno Productions, Italy)

Directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, “Dark Eyes” is his first film shot outside the USSR, combining Italian and Soveit cast and crew, but resulting in a coherent, unified picture due to the director’s singular vision and humor.


Based on Chekhov stories in the collection “The Lady with the Little Dog,” “Dark Eyes” is a charming romantic fable, set at the turn of the century, and unfolding in flashback.

Romano, well cast Marcello Matsroianni in top form, recalls his love affairs with various women, played by Silvana Mangano, Elena Sofonova, and others.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Actor: Marcello Mastroianni

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

Marcello Mastroianni is the only Italian actor to have been nominated three times for the Oscar.  The winner in 1987 was Michael Douglas in “Wall Street.”