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General Suvorov (1941)

Suvorov (original title)
Primarily a biographical documentary about the military career of Alexander Vasilvich Suvorov, who was Field Marshal of the armies of Catherine the Great and Czar Paul I. After many ... See full summary »


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Mikhail Astangov ... Count Aleksandr Andreyevich Arakcheyev (as M. Astangov)
Apollon Yachnitskiy Apollon Yachnitskiy ... Tsar Pavel I (as A. Yachnitsky)
Georgi Kovrov ... Prokhor "Proshka" Semyonich (as G. Kovrov)
S. Kiligin S. Kiligin ... Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Bagration
Vsevolod Aksyonov ... Capt. Meshchersky (as V. Aksyonov)
Aleksandr Antonov ... Col. Tyurin (as A. Antonov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aleksandr Smirnov ... Gen. Aleksey Ivanovich Gorchakov


Primarily a biographical documentary about the military career of Alexander Vasilvich Suvorov, who was Field Marshal of the armies of Catherine the Great and Czar Paul I. After many military successes during the reign of Catherine, General Suvorov broke with her successor, Paul I, the Mad Emperor, over questions regarding army policy. He went into retirement and wrote "The Science of Victory," containing maxims such as "Swiftness of movement accompanies victory," and "the real general is he who defeats the enemy before reaching him." The czar recalled Suvorov to become the leader of the joint armies of Rissia and Austria against Napoleon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 September 1941 (USA) See more »

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Little known brilliant biopic made in USSR
30 October 2017 | by shuseiSee all my reviews

Unfortunately Vsevolod Pudovkin, the director of "Mother(Mat)"(1926) and "The end of St.Petersberh"(1927) is now usually mentioned as a master of "Soviet montage school" outdated after the commercial and artistic triumph of full-talkie movies. We, living outside Russia and the other countries that were a part of USSR, know very limited information about films like "Suvorov".

This film is a clear manifestation of the famous director's skill and talent not limited by the technology of silent era.

It was made in the first period of WW 2,apparently for raising patriotic pathos in the nation ( and 5 months after its release the German army attacked USSR). But how it was made!

Top level actors' performance, accurately clear and tight composition(unlike recent Hollywood dull lengthy "blockbusters"), Anatoli Golovnya's shooting on risky high mountains, and the masterful control over all of those elements by Pudovkin (though credit title tells it's co-directed with Mikhail Doller ,I think that was only some kind of formal excuse for Soviet authorities disliking "formalism"of montage school). "Suvorov" convinced me again that Pudovkin was not only an interesting theorist of cinema, but also a master of film art.

It's very sad that such a brilliant film,like many films during WW 2 made in other countries than USA and France (which represent 2 "mainstreams"of academic film studies ) now attract little attention of foreign film fans.

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