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The Ascent (1977)
"Voskhozhdenie" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Boris Plotnikov ...
Sotnikov
Vladimir Gostyukhin ...
Rybak
Sergey Yakovlev ...
Village elder
Lyudmila Polyakova ...
Demchikha
Viktoriya Goldentul ...
Basya
Anatoliy Solonitsyn ...
Portnov, the Nazi interrogator
Mariya Vinogradova ...
Village elder's wife
Nikolai Sektimenko ...
Stas'
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Sergei Kanishchev ...
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Two Soviet partisans depart their starving band on a short march to a nearby farm to get supplies. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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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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The greatest and most harrowing war film of the 20th century...
18 March 2006 | by (Wellington, NZ) – See all my reviews

Larisa Shepitko's THE ASCENT (1976) is an extraordinary, gruelling account of the partisans' fight against the Nazis in German-occupied Belorussia, The Ascent reflects the Russian obsession with the horrors of the Great Patriotic War, but unusually is both steeped in religious symbolism and ready to acknowledge the existence of the less than great Russian collaborator. The true battle is not with the Nazis, who hover in the background as mere extras, but between the Russian Nazi investigator and Sotnikov, the captured partisan who finds the spiritual strength to go to his death unbeaten. With its many references to the Crucifixion, the story takes on heroic proportions glorifying the sufferings of the martyr and his influence on future generations. A remarkable piece of work.


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