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Marshal Zhukov, stranitsy biografii (1985)

Biopic film about Marshall Georgi Zhukov, the legendary hero of the First World War, then the authoritative commander of the Red Army during World War II, then the Soviet Defence Minister ... See full summary »

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Marina Babak

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Marina Babak
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Mikhail Ulyanov
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Biopic film about Marshall Georgi Zhukov, the legendary hero of the First World War, then the authoritative commander of the Red Army during World War II, then the Soviet Defence Minister under Nikita Khrushchev. He is portrayed by actor-narrator Mikhail Ulyanov, who has a striking facial resemblance with Zhukov. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Soviet Union

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Russian

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4 October 1985 (Finland) See more »

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Mariscal Zhukov See more »

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Somewhat conventional biopic is recommended for those interested in the subject matter
26 November 2010 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

Interesting biopic about Soviet Marshall Georgi Zhukov, the main military leader behind the epic Soviet victory over the Nazis on World War II. The movie shows documentary footage of the main military battles he was engaged with an interview with Zhukov (when I first saw the movie, I thought this was real documentary footage of an interview with Zhukov, perhaps from the 1960s, but it turns out that an actor is portraying him in the interview). The movie recounts Zhukov's main triumphs: the victory over the Japanese in Mongolia in 1939, the battle of Moscow in 1941, the Battle of Stalingrad, the lift of the siege of Leningrad. Notoriously absent from this film is any discussion about the purges of the Red Army that started in 1937 and that ended with the execution of three of the five marshalls of the Soviet Union (including Mikhail Tukhachevsky, a modernizer who rightly emphasized tank warfare over cavalry) as well as thousands of officers. Most military historians believe this purges put the Russians at a serious disadvantage when the Germans invaded in 1941. This absence is somewhat understandable, since this movie was filmed in 1984, before Glasnost, and when the Stalinist repressions were still very much a taboo subject. The movie in itself is quite conventional in its techniques, but if you are interested in the subject matter, is rewarding.


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