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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.

Director:

Aleksandr Askoldov

Writers:

Aleksandr Askoldov, Vasiliy Grossman (story "V gorode Berdicheve")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nonna Mordyukova ... Klavdia Vavilova
Rolan Bykov ... Yefim Mahazannik
Raisa Nedashkovskaya ... Maria Mahazannik
Lyudmila Volynskaya ... The Grandmother
Vasiliy Shukshin ... The Commandant
Lyubov Kats Lyubov Kats ... Children (as Lyuba Kats)
Pavel Levin Pavel Levin ... Children (as Pavlik Levin)
Dmitri Kleyman Dmitri Kleyman ... Children (as Dima Kleyman)
Marta Bratkova Marta Bratkova ... Children
Igor Fishman Igor Fishman ... Children
Sergey Nikonenko
Otar Koberidze
Leonid Reutov ... Chief of Staff (as L. Reutov)
Valeri Ryzhakov ... Kursant
Viktor Shakhov ... (as V. Shakhov)
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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.

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Genres:

Drama | War

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The first Russian film in which Jewish characters had major and sympathetic roles. See more »

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

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Don't be tricked
14 January 2005 | by MikeH111See all my reviews

Don't be tricked by the rating. This movie is wildly, unforgivably underrated on IMDb. To speak of its beauties would take me volumes. Suffice it to say: find it, if you can (it may be still available in good video stores, on VHS) and be enthralled by one-of-a-kind movie. As opposed to overrated 8+ 9+ c... like American Beauty or the Korean Oldboy and other movies full of either vapid pomposity or of guts and gore and blood and nonsense, Komissar is an extraordinarily beautiful and fluent meditation on human nature, war, religion, childhood, good and evil. Miss it at your own peril.

10 out of 10


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1967 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$388,029
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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