A loving film tribute to Russian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, who died tragically in a car accident in 1979 at the age of 40. This documentary by her husband, Elem Klimov, includes excerpts from all of Shepitko’s films, and her own voice is heard talking about her life and art. —IMDb
Former first secretary of the Soviet Filmmakers’ Union Elem Klimov was a graduate of the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, where he studied under Efim Dzigan. Over the course of his long career he made just five films, the most famous being the classic World War II film Come and See. Come and See was in many ways informed by Klimov’s childhood experiences; during the battle of Stalingrad Klimov’s family was evacuated by raft on the Volga. At the 1985 Moscow Film Festival, Come and See won Klimov both the FIPRESCI Prize and the Golden Prize. In his personal life, Klimov was married to the film director Larissa Shepitko, who tragically died in a car crash in 1979. At the time of the crash, Shepitko was working on her film Farewell, which Klimov subsequently completed. Klimov’s films ranged from black comedies to historical epics. Later on in life, Klimov had plans to adapt Dostoevsky’s Demons, Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita and to make a film on Stalin. However, none of… read more
Un valioso trabajo documental del director Elem Klimov, en el cual rinde un amoroso homenaje a su compañera sentimental y también cineasta Larissa Shepitko (fallecida en un accidente automovilistico a pocos dias del inicio del rodaje de La despedida, proyecto que fue posteriormente retomado y concluido por Klimov). Mediante entrevistas a gente cercana, imagenes fotograficas, fragmentos de sus peliculas y pensamientos de la propia Shepitko, el director elabora un interesante testimonio, a la vez que conmovedor documento humano y acercamiento a la fuerza creadora de esta mujer, una de las más notables cineastas sovieticas de la posguerra.