Monday, 2 November 2015

Sergey Bondarchuk: They Fought for Their Country - Они сражались за Родину (1975)

They Fought for Their Country (1975)

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Writers: Sergey Bondarchuk, Mikhail Sholokhov (novel)
Stars: Vasiliy Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk

Awards :
Nominated, Cannes Film Festival, 1975
Special Prize, International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary,1976
National Prize of Russia, 1977
Prize Brothers Vasilyev for Vadim Yusov (cinematography), 1977

They Fought for Their Country (1975)

It is July 1942, the army is retreating and a small group of exhausted soldiers, the last of their regiment, are defending a plot of land. Tank tracks and wilted grass are all a part of the surrounding scenery, making the struggle even more depressing for the soldiers. From Oscar winning director Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace) this is a powerful Biblical tale, portraying an absurd clash between the earth and the inhuman war machine, a metaphor of confrontation, eternal life and evil forces.

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