Pioner Cinema » On the Kiev Line
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  • Drama
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  • 1968
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  • 89 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Vladimir Denisenko
  • cast: Konstantin Stepankov, Mikhail Derzhavin, Les Serdyuk, Armen Djigarkhanyan, Anatoly Barchuk, Polina Kulmanchenko, Viktor Mizinenko, Natalya Naum, Stepan Oleksenko, Vitaly Rozstalny
  • 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.

This is the story of the defense of Kiev, from July through September of 1941. The city was defended not only by soldiers and sailorrs from the Dnepr Fleet – they were joined by the residents of Kiev themselves. The military conflict unfolds between the Southern group of the Wehrmacht and the soldiers of the Southwestern Front, under the command of Colonel-General Kirponos. Kirponos’ army tries both to save Kiev and to blockade Guderian’s tank army, which is moving toward Moscow. The Soviet soldiers sustain heavy losses, Kiev is forced to surrender, and Colonel-General Kirponos himself is killed in battle along with his entire command, as they try to escape from being surrounded.

«Soviet directors were running in circles en masse, unable to find an approach truthful, composed, and austere enough for this frightening subject. And then Denisenko appeared, with all of his grandiloquence, extravagance, and metaphorical richness, which he joined together to form the necessary ingredients for creating a tragic opus. Yes, it’s contrived, it’s pretentious, it’s artificial – but Denisenko's artificialness is organic. The key is not in his “directorial vision,” but in the specific nature of Ukrainian film and culture at large. The influence on him of the age-old Western baroque tradition is obvious,» - 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 Denis Gorelov.

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