“The Vanished Empire” is a great film that depicts an accurate image of the former Soviet Union during the 1970s. The film is set from the point of view of eighteen year old kids in Moscow and can be described as a coming of age tale of understanding love and friendship. The subtle representations of the Soviet era way of life should not be ignored. They illustrate the underground second society of the Soviet Union that was dominated by the black market, youth culture, and mass corruption. The film shows how different the USSR was from the United States. This film is culturally stimulating and represents a time that is lost forever.