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Komissar

Komissar
Movie: Komissar(1967 (Soviet Union))[0061876] Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life. Written byErik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>
Title Komissar
Release Date 1967 (Soviet Union)
Runtime
Genres Drama, War
Production Companies Kinostudiya imeni M. Gorkogo, Mosfilm
Nonna Mordyukova
Nonna Mordyukova...
Klavdia Vavilova...
Rolan Bykov
Rolan Bykov...
Yefim Mahazannik...
Raisa Nedashkovskaya
Raisa Nedashkovskaya...
Maria Mahazannik...
Lyudmila Volynskaya
Lyudmila Volynskaya...
The Grandmother...
Vasiliy Shukshin
Vasiliy Shukshin...
The Commandant...
Sergey Nikonenko
Sergey Nikonenko...
...
Otar Koberidze
Otar Koberidze...
...
Leonid Reutov
Leonid Reutov...
Chief of Staff (...
Valeri Ryzhakov
Valeri Ryzhakov...
Kursant...
Viktor Shakhov
Viktor Shakhov...
(as V. Shakhov)...

Reviews

hoobits on 19 August 2007
A film on the same echelon as Kilmov's Come And See, Jancs├│'s The Red and The White, Shepitko's Ascent and the great Russian silents as well as the vanguard 60s cinema. This is one of those films where image and sound form a perfect marriage committing to screen an onslaught of ingenious, uproarious and emotional imagery marred with wonderful sound design and score, all strung together by ingenious editing. This is cinema.The story is one of a Red Army woman officer during the Russian civil war, who ends up pregnant and is forced to live with a Ukrainian Jewish family, who has been used and abused countless times by the red and the whites. This is a story of humans coming together and setting aside their differences and understanding each other amongst suffering and strife. It is a test of loyalty to one's self, one's family, one's country.Commissar was banned on its initial completion and writer/director Aleksandr Askoldov was kicked out of the Communist party and not allowed to work in the film business in any form again. It wasn't until 1988 that the ban was lifted and the soundtrack remastered/re-done along with a reconstruction of the picture, which was fairly intact. But not until now has it been wildly available so I really would urge anyone who enjoys Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Tarr or any of the before mentioned films to seek this one out. The US DVD from Kino is probably their best transfer yet; very pristine and sharp with no a lot of dirt or scratches, although it is from a PAL source so there are some ghosting effects on large movements, making the picture look simultaneously in slow mo and normal frame rate

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