Pioner Cinema » A Merciless Night
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  • Drama
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  • 1961
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  • 81 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Aleksandr Fayntsimmer
  • cast: Aleksandr Belyavskiy, Larisa Kronberg, Nikolai Timofeev, Yuri Volkov, Boris Bibikov, Leonid Markov, Oleg Golubitskiy, Ilya Rutberg, Sergey Golovanov, Valerian Vinogradov
  • language: Russian
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Pioner Cinema and Kommersant Weekend present "The History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films," dedicated to the Year of Russian Film. The curator will be film critic and Weekend author Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Military pilot Henry Davis is assigned to an American military base, somewhere in the Middle East. He is offered a chance to be a test pilot for a new, high-speed plane. However, it is actually a part of a conspiracy by high-ranking officials to start a nuclear war. Not wishing to become the initiator of a worldwide disaster, Davis breaks rank, commits an act of insubordination, and becomes the savior of mankind.

“I can propose only one explanation as to why Fayntsimmer’s “Night” does not resemble his other work. For a perfectly rational and healthy person and director, the end of humanity was so unimaginable that he could only put it on screen through as-yet unimagined means.” – Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. Before the screening, there will be an introduction by film scholar Sergey Kapterev.


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