Come and See DVD

Elem Klimov, 1985

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Directed by Elem Klimov

Produced in 1985

Main Language - Russian with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, Russian Film

MovieMail's Review

The year of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second World War saw the release of several war films in the Soviet Union, many of which were mediocre and decidedly unremarkable. However one film, winner of the top prize at the Moscow Film Festival, stands undoubtedly as one of the most uncompromising, harrowing war films ever made. It is a film that blends the epic scope of the Socialist Realist film with the personal, poetic sensibilities of films such as Kalatozovís The Cranes Are Flying (1957) and Chukhraiís Ballad of a Soldier (1959).
Based on actual events, Elem Klimovís Come and See depicts the brutality of Nazi invaders in the Belorussian village of Khatyn through the horrifying odyssey of Flor (Alexei Kravchenko), a naÔve teenage boy who leaves his family to join the partisans.
Klimov employs all the aesthetic devices at his disposal (widescreen photography, stereo sound) to plunge the viewer into a hellish, apocalyptic world. Indeed it is the medium more than the narrative itself which conveys the horror of war. Klimovís mobile, muscular camera follows Flor as he makes his way across a devastated landscape. The images are accompanied by an extraordinarily complex, multi-layered soundtrack and both elements serve to reflect the ordeal of the filmís young protagonist whom we see losing any remnants of childhood innocence as the film spirals toward the epic savagery of the final scenes.
Featuring a powerful, grueling performance by Kravchenko, Klimovís Come and See is an essential war film, more than deserving of mention with Tarkovskyís Ivanís Childhood (1962) and Wajdaís war trilogy of the 1950s.

on 24th March 2006
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Film Description

Hailed as one of the greatest war films ever made, Come and See is a hallucinatory cinematic experience that does for World War II what Apocalypse Now did for the Vietnamese conflict. Recounting the devastating Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union through the experiences of a young boy in Belarus, the film also includes some of the most frighteningly realistic battle scenes ever committed to celluloid, thanks to Klimov's insistence on using live ammunition during filming to ensure maximum authenticity.

DVD Details

Certificate: 15

Publisher: Artificial Eye

Length: 137 mins

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 5th December 2011

Cat No: ART564DVD

Subtitles: English

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by Anon on 10th August 2006

Most reviews of the film that I have seen rate it as outstanding cinema (although I should acknowledge that the positive reviews are all on sites selling the movie!). ... Read on

by Anon on 3rd April 2006

What really can be said about this? Without doubt the best piece of Russian propoganda since Eisenstein turned up his toes. Believe me when I say, that is intended as ... Read on

“Come and see”
by Peter Ludbrook on 23rd October 2009

I bought this movie having read lots of good reviews about it on Amazon. I found it very disappointeing. Some of the dialogue is inane (poor subtitling?), the plotting... Read on

“Ignore the naysayers - this is a masterpiece”
by S J COLTRANE on 7th March 2013

It's difficult to get my head around the negative reviews others have given this film. It's true that subtlety isn't Klimov's forte (he's Russian, for heaven's sake, h... Read on

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