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The Commissar (1967)

Komissar (original title)
Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life.

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Credited cast:
... Klavdia Vavilova
... Yefim Mahazannik
... Maria Mahazannik
Lyudmila Volynskaya ... The Grandmother
... The Commandant
Lyubov Kats ... (as Lyuba Kats)
Pavel Levin ... (as Pavlik Levin)
Dmitri Kleyman ... (as Dima Kleyman)
Marta Bratkova
Igor Fishman
Viktor Shakhov ... (as V. Shakhov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonid Reutov ... (as L. Reutov)
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Klavdia Vavilova, a Red Army cavalry commissar, is waylaid by an unexpected pregnancy. She stays with a Jewish family to give birth and is softened somewhat by the experience of family life. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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26 August 1988 (Finland)  »

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$388,029
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In 1986, due to glasnost policies, the Conflict Commission of the Soviet Film-makers Union recommended the re-release of the movie, but Goskino refused to act. After a plea from Aleksandr Askoldov at the Moscow Film Festival, when the dissolution of the Soviet Union was imminent, the film was reconstructed and finally released in 1988. The film is set in Ukraine, and those who know the language will spot the Ukrainisms in Rolan Bykov's lines. See more »

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Featured in Women Filmmakers in Russia (1988) See more »

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Long suppressed Soviet film.
30 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

The story and characters are a bit thin; a female leader in the Russian Revolutionary army in 1922 is disgraced when she is found to be pregnant, and goes to live with a Jewish family, loses her hard shell and becomes a mother.

But the black and white images are truly striking and impressive, especially the fantasy sequences. They give the story a much deeper power and resonance than it would otherwise have.

Especially impressive as a first film. this was suppressed by the Moscow authorities for 20 years for it's sympathetic view of Jews and their oppression in Russia, and the implication that the USSR was complicit in knowing about and not stopping the concentration camps of WW 2.


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