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The Ascent (1977)

Voskhozhdenie (original title)
In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at a local farmhouse but... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Boris Plotnikov ...
Sotnikov
Vladimir Gostyukhin ...
Rybak
Sergey Yakovlev ...
Village elder
Lyudmila Polyakova ...
Demchikha
Viktoriya Goldentul ...
Basya
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Portnov, the Nazi interrogator
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Village elder's wife
Nikolai Sektimenko ...
Stas'
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Sergei Kanishchev ...
Boy wearing Budenovka (as Serezha Kanishchev)
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In a freezing cold World War II winter, two pro-Soviet partisans - Sotnikov and Rybak - head off to find food for themselves and their compatriots. They find a goat at a local farmhouse but their return to camp is interrupted when they are arrested by a Nazi patrol. Taken prisoner, Sotnikov stands true to his beliefs and refuses to answer any questions despite physical abuse and torture. Rybak on the other hand argues that since they know nothing, they should simply tell them all that they know and do whatever they can to stay alive. One of them will live, but at a very heavy cost. Written by garykmcd

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Sotnikov: [Imprisoned, Sotnikov and Rybak are arguing whether to speak with Germans or not] We're soldiers. Soldiers. Don't crawl in shit. You'll never wash it off.
Rybak: So then, to the grave - to feed the worms. Right?
Sotnikov: That's not the worst that could happen. No. That's not what I'm talking about. Now I understand. I understand. The important thing is to be true to yourself.
Rybak: Fool! You're a fool, Sotnikov. You graduated from the institute for nothing. I want to live! To live! To kill those bastards! Understand?...
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deeply powerful, shamefully neglected
20 January 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Having just seen this, I find it hard to believe that it is not better known. This and the slightly-better-known, but almost-as-shamefully-neglected COME AND SEE (Klimov, 1986) must be two of the greatest war films. They are meaningful, powerful, incisive. THE ASCENT is also gifted with a sparingly-used, but brilliantly trenchant score by Schnittke.


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