Pioner Cinema » Commisars
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  • Drama
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  • 1971
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  • 77 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Nikolai Maschenko
  • cast: Ivan Mikolaychuk, Konstantin Stepankov, Fedor Panasenko, Borislav Brondukov, Vladimir Skomarovsky, Leonid Bakshtaev, Ivan Gavrilyuk, Mikhail Golubovich, Larisa Kadochnikova, Vilory Paschenko
  • language: Russian
  • restrictions: 12+

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.

Romance of the revolution

At the end of the civil war, in an abandoned monastery, preparatory courses are introduced for military commissars, who must now learn to run the country. They are all devoted to a new government, but among them there is tension, enmity, and treason. The cadets must now fight off an attack by the White Guard, who are trying to capture the city where the monastery is located.

“In essence, it was a real church dissent, just like in the 17th century. The party’s ‘clergy’ held onto the ceremonial part of the 'red' religion. The clergymen exalted a primitive faith. They created a cult of the really stunning era of ‘wartime communism.’ Maschenko opened up the subconsciously religious nature of the argument argument about revolution with a naive expression on his face, rejecting all the usual euphemisms. And the funniest part was that nobody ever came after him for it.” –Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. The film will be introduced by Evgeny Margolit.


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