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2 April 1977 (Soviet Union) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sergei Kanishchev ... Boy wearing Budenovka (as Serezha Kanishchev)

Directed by
Larisa Shepitko 
Writing credits
Vasiliy Bykov (novel "Sotnikov")

Yuri Klepikov (screenplay) &
Larisa Shepitko (screenplay)

Original Music by
Alfred Shnitke  (as A. Shnitke)
Cinematography by
Vladimir Chukhnov 
Pavel Lebeshev 
Film Editing by
Valeriya Belova  (as V. Belova)
Production Design by
Yuriy Raksha 
Makeup Department
S. Kalinin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Willie Geller .... production manager (as V. Geller)
Sound Department
Yevgeni Bazanov .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ye. Bazanov)
Yan Pototsky .... sound (as Ya. Pototsky)
Special Effects by
Viktor Zhanov .... special effects (as V. Zhanov)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduard Shcherbakov .... camera operator (as E. Shcherbakov)
Music Department
Raisa Lukina .... music editor (as R. Lukina)
Yuri Nikolayevsky .... conductor (as Yu. Nikolayevsky)
Other crew
V. Bystrov .... consultant
Ada Repina .... script editor (as A. Repina)
V. Sumtsov .... consultant

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Also Known As:
"Voskhozhdenie" - Soviet Union (original title)
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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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A Christian parable from Soviet Russia!, 9 June 2003
Author: Jiten S. Merchant ( from Bombay (Mumbai) India

I saw "Ascent" in Bombay (dubbed in English) when I was 18, soon after the film was made. I have tried to see it subsequently EVERY TIME it was screened at the local Russian cultural centre. One of the first images in the movie is of a series of telegraph poles in a snowscape, one of which is out of alignment....and you realise that they look rather like the sign of the cross in the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a Judas-Christ parable, with several scenes "composed" like famous paintings of scenes from the Passion. The references and symbolism are the plot-line, the characters, the mise-en-scene --- the final hanging of the protagonist among "thieves" on a hill (which he has to climb) is a clear reference to Golgotha. The black and white photography is among the most beautiful I have seen; the acting is superb, especially the man playing the protagonist -- though making him a "special agent of the Red Army" is obviously a nod in the direction of Big Brother! I cannot begin to tell you how important this film probably is in world cinema....I use the word "probably" because I am only a film-lover, NOT a film-historian. However, if its available on DVD, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!!

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