Wed 9 May 2012 – 7.30pm
They Fought for Their Country
Language: In Russian with English subtitles
USSR | 1975 | 137 min | colour |
Director Sergei Bondarchuk
Cast Vasiliy Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Georgi Burkov, Yuri Nikulin, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Gubenko, Nonna Mordukova, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Irina Skobtseva, Lidia Fedoseeva-Shukshina
In July 1942, the exhausted Soviet army is retreating towards Stalingrad while desperately trying to hold their ground in front of the rampaging German war machine. Bondarchuk’s film concentrates on the remnants of one shattered regiment and its individual soldiers’ thoughts and fears in the face of impending annihilation – of both themselves and Russia itself. The depictions of war and destruction are powerful, as are those of the individual characters forced to participate in a terrible fight for survival.
A screen adaptation of Nobel Prize winning author Mikhail Sholokov’s novel of the same name.
Film’s IMDb page
Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (Friends of Pushkin House, students and OAPs)