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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

Credited cast:
Nonna Mordyukova ... Klavdia Vavilova
Rolan Bykov ... Yefim Mahazannik
Raisa Nedashkovskaya ... Maria Mahazannik
Lyudmila Volynskaya Lyudmila Volynskaya ... The Grandmother
Vasiliy Shukshin ... The Commandant
Lyubov Kats Lyubov Kats ... (as Lyuba Kats)
Pavel Levin Pavel Levin ... (as Pavlik Levin)
Dmitri Kleyman Dmitri Kleyman ... (as Dima Kleyman)
Marta Bratkova Marta Bratkova
Igor Fishman Igor Fishman
Sergey Nikonenko
Otar Koberidze
Viktor Shakhov Viktor Shakhov ... (as V. Shakhov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonid Reutov Leonid Reutov ... (as L. Reutov)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

26 August 1988 (Finland) See more »

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$388,029
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 1967, this movie was screened in public for the first time only in 1988, which coincided with Glasnost. See more »

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

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A period film showing a microcosm of the Russian Revolution
13 March 1999 | by cm-4See all my reviews

During the Russian Revolution, the Red army enters an isolated town and leaves behind a female revolutionary, Klavdia, who has become unexpectedly pregnant. Klavdia stays with a Jewish family to have her baby.

A remarkable film, but one which was left unfinished. The director, Aleksandr Askoldov, is only credited with one movie, and it as if he put a lifetime of ideas into this single film.


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