Songs of Victor Tsoy resonated in the soul of every Russian who lived in the turbulent 1980s. Gorbachev, perestroika, revolutions in Europe, the fall of the Iron Curtain… In the Soviet Union “waited for change.” However, Victor himself did not live to the peak of these changes, having died in a car accident on 15 August 1990. According to the official version, Tsoi fell asleep at the wheel and flew into the oncoming lane where he collided with the bus.
Several documentaries have been made about the life and work of the famous rock idol. In 1991, shortly after the singer’s death, director Alexander Razabash released the documentary “The Man in Black”. This film included reflections and memories of Tsoi’s family and friends, rare documentary footage, footage of a home collection. Of course, this film is also filled with songs by Tsoy himself, his music and poems.
In 1992, another documentary dedicated to the memory of the rock singer came to the screens. The title “Last Hero” was borrowed from one of the band’s most famous songs, “Kino”. The film was directed by eminent Russian director Alexei Uchitel. The documentary included rare concert recordings of “Cinema”, amateur filming of the lives of musicians off-stage, interviews with people who knew Tsoy intimately. Alexey Uchitel very competently recreates the atmosphere of those years and allows fans to spend an hour with their idol.
After 14 years, another film about Tsoi’s life and work, titled “Just Want You to Know,” has come to the screens. Filming took place from November 2004 to February 2006. This film sets a different goal than previous documentaries. Documentary footage here is interspersed with computer graphics, semi-hints. Thanks to such techniques, the viewer even after so many years can feel the energy of that turbulent time.