Pioner Cinema » The Fighters
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  • Drama
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  • 1936
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  • 75 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Gustav von Wangenheim
  • cast: Bruno Schmidtsdorf, Lotte Lobinger, Gregor Zog, Inge von Wannenheim, Heinrich Greif, Aleksandr Timontaev, Robert Trösch, Alexander Granach, Alexander Heiroth, Ernst Busch, Lothar Wolf, Nikolai Akimov
  • 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.

The film is based on the story of the Reichstag fire, which took place in 1933, and Bulgarian communist Georgiy Dimitrov, whom the Nazi Party attempted to blame for the burning of the Reichstag. Dimitrov, after speaking out in his defense, became a hero of the leftist press and Comintern. For the film, Dimitrov – who had already emigrated to the USSR – gave his speech one more time in front of a camera. Almost the entire film crew was comprised of German communist émigrés – and yet during and after the filming, many of them fell victim to Stalin’s purges.

“The main action unfolds in a tiny town – Germany in miniature. Local storm troopers set up a burning much like that of the Reichstag, in order to start the process of hunting down the “burners.” Wangenheim understood that which the world would later see. In order to understand fascism, one must study not just the Fuhrer himself, but also the small-minded, provincial, bourgeois fascist everyman. “The Fighters” is, overall, a blunt and honest (and therefore forceful) piece Comintern philosophy. But the uniqueness of this particular example lies in that behind every face is the fate of an actor and an outcast, whose pathos is not forced, but earned.” 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 Mikhail Trofimenkov.


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