Thursday, 13 May 2010

Mark Donskoy: Rainbow - Радуга (1944)

Directed by : Mark DONSKOY (Марк ДОНСКОЙ)
Writing credits : Vanda VASILEVSKAIA (Ванда ВАСИЛЕВСКАЯ)
Based on Vanda VASSILEVSKAÏA's novel of the same name.
Cast
Nina ALISOVA (Нина АЛИСОВА) ...Poussia
Nikolay BRATERSKY (Николай БРАТЕРСКИЙ)
Anton DUNAISKY (Антон ДУНАЙСКИЙ) ...Le père Okhabko
Valentina IVASHEVA (Валентина ИВАШЕВА) ...Olga
Gans KLERING (Ганс КЛЕРИНГ) ...Kurt Werner
Alik LETICHEVSKY (Алик ЛЕТИЧЕВСКИЙ)
Nina LY (Нина ЛИ)
Anna LISIANSKAYA (Анна ЛИСЯНСКАЯ) ...Mlioutchikha
Natalya UZHVY (Наталия УЖВИЙ) ...Olena Kostiouk
Emma PERELSHTEIN (Эмма ПЕРЕЛЬШТЕЙН)
Vova PONOMAREV (Вова ПОНОМАРЕВ)
Vladimir CHOBUR (Владимир ЧОБУР)
Yelena TIAPKINA (Елена ТЯПКИНА) ...Tiedossia
Vitia VINOGRADOV (Витя ВИНОГРАДОВ)



Mark Donskoy, the Russian filmmaker whose fame rests upon his brilliant "Gorky Trilogy" of the late 1930s, came up with another artistic triumph in 1944's Rainbow (originally Raduga). With understandable creative rage, Donskoy depicts life in a Nazi-occupied village at the beginning of World War 2. The German conquerors are above nothing, not even the slaughter of small children, to break the spirit of their Soviet captives. Suffering more than most is Olga (Nataliya Uzhviy), a Russian partisan who returns to the village to bear her child, only to endure the cruelest of arbitrary tortures at the hands of the Nazis. Eventually, the villagers rise up against their oppressors-but unexpectedly do not wipe them out, electing instead to force the surviving Nazis to stand trial for their atrocities in a postwar "people's court." (It is also implied that those who collaborated with the Germans will be dealt with in the same evenhanded fashion). Brilliantly acted by virtually everyone in the cast, Rainbow is a remarkable achievement, one that deserves to be better known outside of Russia. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

Festivals and awards
  • 1970 International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary
  • Spec. (diploma Mark Donskoy)
  • 1946 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Nina Alisova)
  • 1944 American Association of Film Critics
  • Extra prize (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Award of the newspaper "Daily News"
  • For the best foreign film, demontrirovavshiysya in the United States in 1944 (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Mark Donskoy)
  • 1944 Stalin Prize
  • I degree (Natalia Uzhviy)

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