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Movies

May 04, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The Soviet Union will enter five films at the Cannes International Film Festival this month, including the movie "Repentance"--a film so blunt in depicting the horror of the Stalin era it was banned for two years immediately after its completion. In another sign of a cultural thaw under Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's reform policies, the Soviet Union will enter a documentary film, "Is It Easy to Be Young?"--a hard-biting look by Latvian director Juri Podnieks at disaffected Soviet youth. The other entries: an anti-nuclear war movie, "Letters From a Dead Man"; the screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1884 short story "The Death of Ivan Ilych," and a biting satirical film set in post-1917 Georgia, "My English Granddaddy."

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