The Commissar DVD
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Directed by Aleksandr Askoldov
Produced in 1967
Main Language - Russian with English subtitles
J.D. Evermore, Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov
Made in 1967 but banned in Russia for the next two decades for its 'pro-Zionist' approach, Askoldov's only film as a director is a beautiful, poignant meditation on war, religion, childhood and human nature.
During the Russian Civil War, a stanch, dedicated female cavalry commissar in the Red Army falls pregnant against her wishes. Forced to rest while the baby is born, she is cared for by a penniless Jewish family. The family's open-hearted kindness goes against everything she has previously believed about people of the Jewish faith and, coupled with unexpected feelings of tenderness through motherhood, shakes her belief system to its core. Aleksandr Askoldov, the director, was fired, silenced and ostensibly neutered for the offence of making such an anti-party-stance picture - expelled from the party and banned from making films for life.
Publisher: Artificial Eye
Length: 108 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 26th March 2007
Cat No: ART345DVD
- 2 discs. Interviews with director and cast
- archive interviews
- Original documents and letters relating to the banned production.