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Fate of a Man (1959)

Sudba cheloveka (original title)
The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergey Bondarchuk

Writers:

Yuriy Lukin (as Yu. Lukin), Fyodor Shakhmagonov (as F. Shakhmagonov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Andrei Sokolov
Pavel Boriskin ... Vanja (as Pavlik Boriskin)
Zinaida Kirienko ... Irina Sokolova
Pavel Volkov ... Ivan Timofeyevich
Yuri Averin ... Muller (as Yu. Averin)
Kirill Alekseyev Kirill Alekseyev ... German Major
Pavel Vinnikov
Evgeniy Teterin
Anatoli Chemodurov
Lev Borisov
Georgi Shapovalov
Aleksandr Novikov ... (as A. Novikov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Aparin Nikolai Aparin ... Captive in the church (as N. Aparin)
Vyacheslav Berezko Vyacheslav Berezko ... (as V. Beryozko)
Vladimir Ivanov
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Storyline

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Details

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

12 April 1959 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD release was not authorized Inside the former USSR countries. See more »

Goofs

When the lead character steals the Nazi car, in broad daylight, a owl echo sounds. See more »

Quotes

Sokolov: [Snaps to attention] Prisoner Sokolov reporting as ordered.
Muller: So four cubic meters is too much to quarry, eh?
Sokolov: It is, Commandant, far too much.
Muller: And you need only one cubic meter for your grave, right?
Sokolov: Yes, that's quite enough for a grave. Even there'd be room to spare.
Muller: I'm going to do you a great honor. I'll shoot you with my own pistol.
[Gesturing with his gun]
Muller: Let's go into the yard.
Sokolov: Whatever you say.
[Turns sharply about face]
[...]
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10 July 2015 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

the novel by Sholokhov. the performance of Bondarchuk. the wise script. the close-up. and the life of a man who seems be only new Job. a film who impress not only for the drama but for its profound poetry of small details. a confession. and the hope. the war's traces. and the future as new beginning. it is part of a long chain who defines the Soviet cinema as artistic treasure. it is, in same measure, fruit of a political situation. but, more important, it is a fine work. because it reflects human feelings, duties and pain out of ideological circle. because it is an universal story. and one of beautiful examples of high cinema. that could be all. not a great show but useful exercise about the force of art. and, sure, for the Eastern public, a travel in history, against wars, crisis, disasters. and cases of survive.


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