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still from Commissar (Aleksandr Askoldov, SU 1967)

De commissaris

Aleksandr Askoldov / SUHH, 1967 / 110 min.

During the Russian Civil War, an iron-willed revolutionary is forced to choose between her baby and the front. The Commissar was shelved for 20 years due to Askoldov’s open criticism of Soviet antisemitism, among other things.

poster Commissar (Aleksandr Askoldov, SU 1967)
1920, Klavdia Vavilova, an iron-willed female commissar in the Red Army, unexpectedly falls pregnant during the Russian Civil War. Her rigid ideas about others slowly soften as she stays with a poor Jewish family to have the baby.

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Director

Aleksandr Askoldov

Production year

1967

Country

SUHH

Original title

Komissar

Length

110 min.

Language

Russian

Subtitles

NLD

Format

35mm

Part of

Russian Thaw

Russia, 2021: in the wake of Putin’s latest election victory, reforms seem further away than ever. How different things were in the late 1950s, when Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Union’s new leader following the death of Stalin, gave an impulse for change. This period, which came to be known as the ‘thaw’, gave rise to classics such as Ballad of a Soldier (1959, Grigorii Chukhrai) and The Cranes Are Flying (1957, Michail Kalatozov); a new generation of filmmakers (Tarkovsky, Shepitko) also stepped into the spotlight.

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still from Commissar (Aleksandr Askoldov, SU 1967)
still from Commissar (Aleksandr Askoldov, SU 1967)

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