A Russian outpost in Eastern Siberia comes under threat of attack by the Japanese in this patriotic film from 1935. Aerograd is a new town with a strategically located airfield of vital interest to the government.
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[Spoiler] In those rare moments of inspiration when it is not hidebound by Stalinist aesthetics, "Aerograd" is simultaneously hallucinatory, exultant and moving: a man is shot by his best friend, cries "Mamma" as he falls, and his killer silently turns away. Stylistically, it seems to me a precursor to many modern avant-garde films, such as those of Guy Maddin.
very beautiful propaganda film about war, modernism and Russia, where east meets west, tradition meets technology and resistance meets uniformity. with a shift in the view we get to see both sides, are directly addressed due to multiple breaks of the fourth wall, and yes, there is also a samurai.