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Come and See -- A crowning achievement of 1980's Soviet Cinema revived in 2001 to great acclaim, COME AND SEE is perhaps the ultimate WWll film. With haunting imagery, this stark testimonial to the madness and grief of war recounts the nightmarish journeys of an adolescent boy during the Nazi occupation of Byelorussia. Russian with English subtitles.
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Director:
Writers:
Ales Adamovich (screenplay)
Ales Adamovich (story)
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Release Date:
17 October 1985 (Hungary) See more »
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Plot:
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Aleksey Kravchenko ... Florya Gaishun (as A. Kravchenko)

Olga Mironova ... Glasha (as O. Mironova)
Liubomiras Laucevicius ... Kosach (as L. Lautsyavichius)
Vladas Bagdonas (as V. Bagdonas)
Jüri Lumiste ... German officer, a nazi fanatic
Viktor Lorents (as V. Lorents)
Kazimir Rabetsky (as K. Rabetsky)
Evgeniy Tilicheev ... Gezhel, German translator (as Ye. Tilicheyev)
Aleksandr Berda (as A. Berda)
G. Velts ... German
V. Vasilyev
Igor Gnevashev (as I. Gnevashev)
Vasiliy Domrachyov (as V. Domrachyov)
G. Yelkin
Evgeniy Kryzhanovskiy (as Ye. Kryzhanovsky)
N. Lisichenok
Viktor Manaev ... Partisan (as V. Manaev)
Takhir Matyullin (as T. Matyulin)
Pyotr Merkurev (as P. Merkuryev)
Valentin Mishatkin (as V. Mishatkin)
Gennadiy Matytsky (as G. Matytsky)
Yevgeniya Polyakova (as Ye. Polyakova)
Anatoly Slivnikov (as A. Slivnikov)
Georgiy Strokov (as G. Strokov)
Tatyana Shestakova (as T. Shestakova)
Oleg Shapko (as O. Shapko)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Elem Klimov  (as E. Klimov)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ales Adamovich  screenplay (as A. Adamovich)
Ales Adamovich  story (as A. Adamovich)
Elem Klimov  screenplay (as E. Klimov)

Original Music by
Oleg Yanchenko  (as O. Yanchenko)
 
Cinematography by
Aleksei Rodionov  (as A. Rodionov)
 
Film Editing by
Valeriya Belova  (as V. Belova)
 
Production Design by
Viktor Petrov  (as V. Petrov)
 
Art Direction by
Viktor Petrov  (as V. Petrov)
 
Set Decoration by
Viktor Petrov  (as V. Petrov)
 
Costume Design by
Eleonora Semyonova  (as E. Semyonova)
 
Makeup Department
V. Bolotnikov .... makeup artist
S. Mikhlina .... makeup artist
A. Zhurba .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
S. Tereshchenko .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
N. Grakina .... assistant director
I. Levandovskaya .... assistant director
Afanasiy Trishkin .... assistant director (as A. Trishkin)
 
Sound Department
Viktor Mors .... sound engineer (as V. Mors)
 
Special Effects by
N. Andreyev .... pyrotechnician
Ya. Goldman .... pyrotechnician
Albert Rudachenko .... special effects coordinator (as A. Rudachenko)
V. Zemnokha .... pyrotechnician
Viktor Zhanov .... special effects operator (as V. Zhanov)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
B. Galper .... camera operator
K. Klimin .... assistant camera
N. Zuyev .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Mina Blank .... music editor (as M. Blank)
 
Other crew
P. Gutenko .... military advisor
Anatoli Kudryavtsev .... script supervisor (as A. Kudryavtsev)
Yu. Oksachenko .... trainee production administrator
V. Ponochevnyi .... production administrator
Ada Repina .... script supervisor (as A. Repina)
Z. Rogozovskaya .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Idi i smotri" - Soviet Union (original title)
"Go and Look" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
136 min | Argentina:146 min | Germany:146 min | USA:140 min | South Korea:105 min (heavily cut)
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Black and White (archive footage) | Color
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Trivia:
Live ammunition was used in the film - in interviews, actor Aleksey Kravchenko has described actual bullets passing some 10 centimeters above his head.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The belted machine gun used by one of the Partisans to shoot the captured German soldiers does not eject any empty shell cases when it is fired.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Un Chien Andalou (1929)See more »
Soundtrack:
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98 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the definitive Russian front film, 11 December 2001
Author: JAM-31 from Los Angeles, CA

"Come and See" is bizarre, disturbing, and haunting. It is more moving and enlightening than all of the other (mostly disappointing) films I have seen depicting the Russian front in World War II. Strangely enough, the Red Army is entirely absent from the movie.

As a Russian film, it begins less conventionally than most films produced in the west. It starts off very surreal, and it is difficult at some points to understand what is going on or what certain characters are doing. This gives the theme a foreign and realistic feel. We follow the life of a peasant boy in Byleorussia in 1943, as he joins the partisans. Certain events involving his family and his introduction to the partisans (especially one involving a young girl) make his fight more personal. Strange interactions between characters and Director Elem Klimov's follow tracking shots dominate the film, and give it a unique method of storytelling. Then the nightmare begins.

The destruction of a Russian village is the horrific centerpiece of the story. It is brutally realistic, with more tracking shots that hold for long periods of time without cutting. We see the German Wehrmacht burn a barn loaded with civilians to the ground as these soldiers clap, smile, and embrace each other. The chaotic action involves many scenes that are sporadic (flames burning out of control, a German soldier accidently shoved into the barn house with the victims) and possibly improvised, which lend a great authenticity to the material. The images are unforgettable, and will stay with you long after you've seen the film. Klimov has succeeded in putting the viewer in the village. Surprisingly, despite coming out of the Soviet Union in 1985, "Come and See" never felt to me like propaganda. There was no communist rhetoric, and the heroes were all partisans, many of which were flawed. The Germans aren't caricatures at the same time they commit acts of evil, and view their actions in a banal way. When one of them defends the atrocities of his platoon, he states, "inferior races spread the microbes of communism." The character delivers this line not with fierce anger, but with nonchalance, as if it were common knowledge, not something that he needs to explain to anyone.

Some reviews have criticized the "afterthought," a rewind of the Nazi rise to power and invasion of Europe, as unnecessary. It may be, but it is still powerful. Other "flaws" people find with the movie are all characteristics of the director's style, therefore I don't find them flaws. "Come and See" is a great, very different, and very moving film. Grade: "A-"

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