Pioner Cinema » The Murderers Are Coming
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  • Drama
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  • 1942
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  • 70 min.
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  • USSR
  • director: Vsevolod Pudovkin
  • cast: Mikhail Astangov, Boris Blinov, Sofia Magarill, Ada Voytsik, Oleg Zhakov, Olga, Zhizneva, Aleksandr Violinov, Aleksandra Danilova, Aleksandr Antonov, Viktor Kulakov
  • language: Russian
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Pioner Cinema and Kommersant–Weekend present “History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films,” dedicated to the Year of Russian Cinema. The curator will be film critic and Weekend author Mikhail Trofimenkov.

A screen adaptation of Brecht’s play, “Fear and Misery of the Third Reich” – a collection of dark sketches that show how fascism relies on people letting themselves loose on each other. Drunken soldiers cravenly shoot an unarmed old man. A pregnant woman is shaken down because her husband has spoken out against rising prices. A young soldier, visiting his fiancée, brags about he and his comrades were able to out a group of turncoats. Two parents are nervous about talking politics in front of their servant and children – and are almost certain that their son might turn them in. German soldiers on the Russian front go about marauding, while taking potshots at each other. Only those taken captive by the partisans survive.

In the USSR, “The Murderers” were hidden in the backs of shelves…Blinov and Pudovkin didn’t fit in, seeing as they played “victims” in the film. War is war. Wartime art is a sign telling you to “Kill him!” But since when was Blinov not a sign-carrier? Since when did Pudovkin not have a knack for the art of propaganda? That’s how it was. But according to the truthful logic of a brutal era, they suddenly appeared unsuitably “humane.” Too humane to be artists.” Mikhail Trofimenkov.

Admission to the screening is free with advance registration. The film will be shown from the 35mm original. Before the screening, film scholar Natalya Nusinova will give an introduction.


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