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Director:
Writers:
Vasiliy Bykov (novel)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Voskhozhdenie" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
So powerful once will be enough, 11 June 2005
Author: Roger McCarthy from United Kingdom

This is one of the very, very few films that are so overwhelming that you are very unlikely to watch it more than once or twice in your lifetime (other examples are Claude Lanzmann's documentary Shoah and Come and See by the director's husband Elem Klimov - which covers much the same unbearable territory but in a very different way).

I suppose this is just as well given the difficulty of ever seeing a print.

Apparently it's extraordinarily overt Christian symbolism and admission that there were active Russian collaborators, ensured that it was hardly ever seen in the USSR - and of course post-soviet Russia has very little interest in films of that era.

The one time I saw it in London was in a festival of Russian movies shown during the Glasnost era (i.e. probably c.1988) - however it apparently has been shown several times in the UK more recently so at least one subtitled print must exist here.

As far as I know it has never been released in the west on DVD or video so if you haven't seen it, your best chance is probably to join a film society and endlessly nag them to find a print and screen it.

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