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100 Days Before the Command (1991)

Sto dney do prikaza (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | February 1991 (Soviet Union)
Five young Soviet Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the ... See full summary »

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Hussein Erkenov
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Zamanskiy ... The Unknown Man
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Brigade Commander
Oleg Vasilkov ... Elin
Roman Grekov ... Zub
Valeriy Troshin ... Kudrin
Aleksandr Chislov ... Zyrin
Mikhail Solomatin ... Belikov
Sergei Romantsov Sergei Romantsov ... Titarenko
Sergey Bystritskiy ... Senior Lieutenant
Elena Kondulaynen ... Death
Oleg Khusainov ... Angel
Sergey Semyonov ... Captain
Aleksey Volkov
Vladimir Puchkov
Pavel Stepanov
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Five young Soviet Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other. Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring, this film is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of Communisum. Banned by the Soviet censors upon its initial release the film had to be smuggled out of the country to make its world wide premier at the 1995 Berlin Film Festival. Written by Mike Stimler

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Russia

Language:

Russian

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February 1991 (Soviet Union) See more »

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100 Days Before the Command See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The soul of Russia and its best films
26 February 2017 | by jromanbakerSee all my reviews

A response to moronic reviewers.

The majority of the bad reviews here come from America, where it seems there can be no positive reaction to beauty of image, poetry, or an understanding of Russian cinema. It is lamentable that this film does not get higher ratings, but then I sense homophobia to be at work. Arguably the Russians have got used to coded images in their films, especially towards the beauty of the young male face and figure. From Eisenstein, through 'Ballad of a Soldier' to 'Father and Son', and if homoeroticism is there, under a cruelly oppressive series of political regimes, the code is necessary for survival. America needs no codes, it just ignores positive representation, and those that exist get lost in independent gay film which rarely gets seen outside of festivals.

This is a beautiful film. Watch it as you would read a poem. 'Mirror' by Tarkovsky is applauded as a masterpiece, and this film, in all its glorious mystery of image and action, stands, needing no comparison. There is a place beyond traditional meaning, and that place is the imagination, and of course it is not a film that releases all its meanings, subtexts and observations on Russian life to a reductive interpretation. The homophobia of some reviews is never quite stated, but is there; what is less obvious is an understanding of the profound inner soul of Russian cinema at its best.


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