Monday, 18 April 2011

Aleksandr Ivanov: Zvezda -The Star -Звезда (1949)

Director: Aleksandr Ivanov
Writers:Emmanuil G. Kazakevich (short story), P. Furmansky (scenario)
Stars:Nikolai Kryuchkov, Vasili Merkuryev,Oleg Zhakov

Loosely based on the novel of the same title by Emmanuil Kazakevich. Headquarters of a Soviet division gets the information that the enemy is preparing a counteroffensive and is drawing up large forces to the front line. A group of scouts sent to check the information did not return. The new team of scouts named “Star” is headed by lieutenant Travkin. The group fulfills the task and on its way back runs into a Nazi detachments. Lieutenant Travkin sends one of the scouts to deliver the message to the commander and together with his comrades starts the mortal combat with the enemy.
The demonstration of the scouts’ death was not in line with the post-war normative aesthetics. The film was banned and released only in 1953. ...

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