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Trial on the Road (1971)

Proverka na dorogakh (original title)
The Russian POW joins the partisan guerrillas and proves his loyalty fighting the Nazis.

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Alexander Ivanovich Lazarev
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Victor Mikhailovich Solomin
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Inga - the partisan-interpreter (as Anda Zaytse)
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Viktor Pavlov ...
Kutenko - an auxiliary police watchman
Yuriy Dubrovin ...
Col. Bolshakov - 'lieutenant Genka'
Igor Klass ...
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Film is set in the winter of 1942 during the Nazi occupation of Russia in WWII. Partisan guerrillas, headed by Ivan Lokotkov, are testing the POW Lazarev, who briefly collaborated with the Nazis for survival. Lazarev is not executed, but instead he is given a chance to prove his loyalty. He has to go back to the Nazi controlled railway station, where everyone knows him, and to hijack a train with food supplies. Lazarev proves himself a hero. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Vladimir Vysotskiy wanted to play Lazarev. Yet the director decided to cast the less celebrity-like Vladimir Zamanskiy. See more »

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War inspired, but mostly about people in war
11 February 2016 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I don't recall hearing any music in the film, except for people playing IN the film, not for the film. This is good, cause music distracts. War takes ordinary people to extraordinary situations where the real soul can be discovered. It felt natural for me to walk into the frame and participate in the dilemmas of everyone in the film. And I was not sure what I would have done in similar situations. I, simply, lack the capacity to fully absorb the depths of the soul searching in the film. It has not the brutality of Klimov, nor the conscience drama of Shepitko, but it has the same depth of penetration into the human soul at those defining moments. Just to set my scale, 10 goes to Andrei Rublev. It is NOT on a par with Klimov's "Come and see", nor with Shepitko's "Ascent".


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