Shchors

A rarely shown late effort by Alexander Dovzhenko, made in 1939 at the specific request of Stalin, who wanted a Ukrainian epic to pair with the Vassiliev brothers' rousing Chapayev. The chosen hero was Nikolai Shchors, who commanded the Red Army in the Ukraine during the civil war. The results lack the lyrical intensity of Dovzhenko's silent films (Earth, Arsenal), but the furious swirl of his images is still potent. In Russian with subtitles. 140 min.

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