Sporting a number of in-jokes which refer to persons and events in Russian film history, this is a comedy drama about Shura (Olga Yevtushenko), a young girl growing up in the Russia of the 1920s who wants with all her heart to become a movie star like Mary Pickford. She keeps this desire to herself. Model young Communist Party Pioneer that she is (the Pioneers were communism's answer to the Girl Scouts, with a heavy dose of political education thrown in), Shura attempts to correct bourgeois "wrong thinking" in her family and community. As her true ambitions become known, however, she increasingly upsets the political sensitivities of those around her, until she is forced to take a train to Moscow to escape her outraged community. Highlights include a re-created silent film.
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