Very Heavy Soviet Propaganda, But Still, Well made Epic Film
The late Yuri Ozerov knew how to make huge, epic, multi-character, grand, loud, tense films. He made several, mostly about World War II, as well as some documentaries about sports. This time, in 1977, he made 4 films, of about 95 minutes each, about certain (now former) eastern European pro-Soviet bloc countries, their fight against Nazi and their heroic deeds as partisans, freedom fighters and real daredevils. What was not so good about this epic? It was shot in 1977, when Leonid Brezhnev ruled the largest country in the world, and the films are all very biased on to Soviet favor. Communists are everywhere, they are brave, clever, smart, cool and hot. The future leaders of Soviet Poland, Czechoslovakia,Bulgaria, Hungary, Romanis and Yugoslavia are all depicted in a very flattering way, as smart and wise thinkers, extremely brave soldiers and cool men. OK, let's put that aside. What is good about this epic? Ozerov's sheer genius as a battle scenes maker. Huge amount of stunts, real tanks, huge budget, really thrilling battle sequences. This epic must be watched with a large grain of salt. But still it is very god one.
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