A war movie about human nature (on Blu-ray and DVD)

Technical note: red starred starred starred stargray star(4/5)


In the winter of 1942, the German army continued its advance on the Russian front. A Soviet battalion is forced to withdraw and its soldiers disperse in chaos. The two of them embark on a long journey in the woods…

• Original title: Voskhozhdenie
• Media tested: Blu-ray
• Genre: War, Drama
• Year: 1977
• Directed by: Larisa Chepetko
• Cast: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Sergey Yakovlev, Lyudmila Polyakova, Victoria Goldentul, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Maria Vinogradova, Nikolai Sektimenko
• Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes 03
• Video Format: 16:9
Cinema Format: 1.37 / 1 black and white
• Translation: French
• Soundtrack: DTS-HD MA 2.0 monophonic Russian
• Rewards: party songFilm analysis by Elias Herody Replicastudent of the High School Normal (2022, 18 min 18) – Larissa (1980, 20 min 46) – Talk to Larissa (1999, 52 min 10)
• Publisher: Potemkin

Technical Comment

Boarding It is the last film directed by Larisa Chepetko (see Bonus) who was initially an actress before becoming a very promising director, unfortunately, she died very soon in 1979. Powered by the cinematic education of Alexander Dovenko and his lessons on respect and defense of personal feelings, the concept lays out the concept. Artistic being put into practice in all of her work, which will be her apotheosis BoardingThe film is based on the novel “Solnikov” (Сотников, 1970) by Vasyl Bekau, the film tells the story of two Soviet partisans who were captured in Belarus by the Germans and sentenced to death. Filmed in harsh conditions in natural environments, Boarding It’s a physically demanding and psychologically demanding film that is not afraid to transcend the naturalness of its narrative into a powerful allegorical painting resembling Christ (Symbolic Ascension to Calvary). Larisa Chepetko defined her film as a “spiritual journey into humanity,” in which Sotnikov (Boris Plotnikov) and Rybak (Vladimir Gostyukhin) symbolize very vividly the two sides of human nature in the face of redemption: acceptance or rebellion. This film maker postulates the existential divide between good and evil, correctly Dostoevsky. The intensity of his film is well supported by the harsh aesthetics of hyper-realistic theater and the full involvement of his actors: several unforgettable sequences, including a scene in which the two patriots are literally tangled in snow, prove the full force of interpretation. In the second part, another great actor, Anatoly Solonitsyn, is an actor with a great composition (Andrei Rublev, 1969), plays Portnov, the ruthless Russian in the service of the Nazis. Larisa Chepetiko’s play with focus and entirely Soviet lyricism translates the Patriots’ “Stations of the Cross”: its highly elaborate shots, framed by frame, music, and bordering editing in Baroque style, make for a tangible effect. . But all this is the art of the director Boarding She knew how to manage, in her own way, this perilous subject that could easily turn into nationalist propaganda: on the contrary, she does not hesitate to downplay the supposed heroism of the fighters and speak frankly about cooperation and negativity (not to mention cowardice and betrayal! It is understood that the authorities The Soviets frowned and tried, for a time, not to broadcast this film which went against imposed tacit conventions but it ended up captivating audiences and qualified as a masterpiece.To be seen or seen again without hesitation.

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picture : High-resolution copy, restored film, image and sound, 4K by Mosfilm from the original 35mm negative, excellent resolution sometimes fades and nice sharpness on close-up shots, blurred and smooth film texture (shot in 35mm, 4K master format 2018) Balanced management of contrasts Many bright planes in the snow Intense blacks Delicate whites Good layered grays No noticeable flaws

for him : Russian monolingual blending 2.0, clear and balanced dialogues, without distortion or particular error, very nice atmospheric dynamics and skillfully restored few effects, great improvement to Alfred Schnittke’s music

we saw

picture : red starred starred starred starhalf red star(4.5/5)
Audio mixing: blue starblue starblue starblue stargray star(4/5)
Rewards: red starred starred starhalf red stargray star(3.5/5)
Packaging: blue starblue starblue stargray stargray star(3/5)

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