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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Alex Hall's rating of the film Blockade

    Not an ideal hangover film (it was expiring tonight). Intense visual and aural textures. City on fire - frozen bodies on frozen streets - smiles amidst cannon-fire - thousands present at hanging.

  2. fearraigh's rating of the film Blockade

    A haunting document that seems strangely like an otherwordly parallel history. The reconstructed soundtrack amplifies the realism of the archive footage and gives us a rare glimpse into life under siege and the privations it engendered.

  3. Luke Corradine's rating of the film Blockade

    My dear god... what a magnificent piece. I have never imagined a visual document so unpolluted and pristine of day-to-day life during WW2 existed. Images so brutally unadulterated are indeed extremely hard to find! ....If there was only a way to convince MUBI to offer this as a free download as a film of this importance should be shared with a wider public!

  4. Stefan Drees's rating of the film Blockade

    A powerful film because of the lack of any comment or music.

  5. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Blockade

    Another silent, black and white, work from Sergey Loznitsa, this one is a disturbing and unflinching look at wartime horrors. It's a fascinating snapshot that is worth your time.

  6. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film Blockade

    No heroics, just people shifting like film extras about the streets, undergoing the traumas and ordeals of history. Surprising to see how horses had given way to motor traffic in the Soviet Union. Was it because the camera operators were instructed to show a modern aspect of the city. Rarely shown in war films, the invading German armies relied on hundreds of thousands of horses.

  7. themroc's rating of the film Blockade

    A reminder of what war is about. This was only seventy odd years ago. powerful.

  8. rafaelmontenegrofausto's rating of the film Blockade

  9. crnstsc's rating of the film Blockade

  10. Yulia Gaidakova's rating of the film Blockade

    very interesting and very honest documentary, a little strange ending

  11. papilliondenuit@gmail.com's rating of the film Blockade

    lack of words very moving...because was real

  12. dmol's rating of the film Blockade

    A chilling film in every sense of the way. By eliminating any music or commentary, Loznitsa hits straight to the core of the matter - the pain and loss of human heart at the height of war.

  13. Nikola Enchev's rating of the film Blockade

    Has war ever been different? Mass graves, executions, starvation, little frozen blankets wrapping the frigid bodies of children with no childhood or future.

  14. Lennaart van Oldenborgh's rating of the film Blockade

    the sights of a dying city, yes - the sounds? no. weird, sometimes anachronistic sound design throughout. I can understand the choices he made on Maidan better now though

  15. DrFirestone's rating of the film Blockade

    Good documentary, interesting and most likely rare footage. I personally enjoyed the lack of narration. If you're interested in WW2 you will probably appreciate this choice as the pictures are powerful enough and speak for themselves, also they are in chronological order from the beginning of the siege to the end. I don't think there's much space left for confusion...

  16. raggiodisole's rating of the film Blockade

    The rawest form of documentary, the pictures telling their own story, one that never loses its power to shock.

  17. GreenROCK's rating of the film Blockade

  18. youngdoug's rating of the film Blockade

    What a grand use of visual storytelling. The lack of a voice over giving 'documentary style' information dramatically strengthen the emotional power. What more can you add to seeing two women handing over a shrouded dead child to be added to a mass grave by the 'attendant'? It rediscovers the power of visuals that mass literacy destroyed.

  19. PEJ1's rating of the film Blockade

    It shows the Russian side of War that not many people know about. It is a sad film, that shows the reality of war.

  20. anwoody's rating of the film Blockade

    Rather lacking in narrative and characters to be particularly successful as a documentary. More like an assembly of documents.

  21. Anita G's rating of the film Blockade

    what have we learnt from history ? apparently nothing, nothing apparently

  22. SiIencio's rating of the film Blockade

    Despite the eeriness and desolation of the images it is difficult to give meaning to what the viewer is watching. There is a high degree of randomness in the narrative which arguably only reinforces the feelings of sorrow and loneliness but weakens the context. After a while the feeling of going nowhere in straight line is deeply seated & the film continues plodding, trudging through snow in the cold Russian winter.

  23. Howard Orr's rating of the film Blockade

    An interesting approach to a documentary on this horrific slice of history, its eerie quietness all the more bold given that Shostakovich's 7th symphony has do defined the events of the siege.

  24. sharunasbresson's rating of the film Blockade

    never felt the past so thick and alive

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