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Director:
Writers:
Vasiliy Bykov (novel)
Yuri Klepikov (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 April 1977 (Soviet Union) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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 Schnittke  (as A. Schnittke)
 
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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Runtime:
111 min
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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A Soviet masterpiece, 16 July 1999
Author: lars andersson from Stockholm, Sweden

In the Belarus of 1942, two Soviet soldiers are captured by Nazi-friendly Belarusians. In captivity, the attitude of the two men toward their fate differs greatly. One of the soldiers manages to find an inner strength and spirituality, incomprehensible to the other man. Larisa Shepitko's last film is one of the most beautiful war films in cinema history. The cinematography, by Vladimir Chuchnov, is incredible - particularly in the opening sequence, where long, slow, tracking shots depicting the solitude and almost desperate nature of winter landscape in rural Belarus set the mood perfectly. It is easy to draw comparison to Tarkovsky's films, even more so since Tarkovsky's alter ego Anatoli Solonitsyn has a small but important part in The Ascent. The acting is overall brilliant, especially by Boris Plotnikov, in the part of Sotnikov. The film reveals an old-fashioned belief in the strength of religious passion, which feels related to characters such as Dostoyevsky's Prince Myshkin, or Tarkovsky's Stalker. However, this is not a weakness of the film, but rather one of its greatest strengths. The religious content seems so honest, and human, that it is impossible not to be moved. The emotional richness of the film cannot be overstated; the answer is not as simplified as a short summary of the plot would make you think. The slow development of the characters, and the emphasis on their complicated relationships to each other, are somewhat reminiscent of The Commissar, another great Soviet film. The Ascent deserves a second watching, as well as a third, and a tenth. It continues to provide interesting ideas, beautiful images, and emotional complexity.

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