The historic epic movement, even if fictionally forced, connects to the sentimental derives of individuals who strive to find their place in History and in themselves. An ambivalent premise that is transverse to the great cinema of any nationality but that in the Russian cinema, by its political constraints and artistic specificity, found a seminal magnitude as this film, once again, demonstrates and represents.
Science is humanity's ultimate irony-its development is an imperative, and at the same time, the cause of our demise. If you enjoyed SOLARIS, this may also be your cup of tea; however, there's also an element of melodrama in this cold-war Soviet sci-fi drama, and an element of propaganda-the suggestion that if not for the Soviet nuclear program, America would destroy the world. Pravda? Humanity is doomed regardless.
Liked the shooting, some shots deserve an art exhibition. Witty unobtrusive critique of Soviet society in the plot and a big unresolved question as the basement idea for the whole piece. One thing that remained unclear to me is what is Romm's position on the injustice of Soviet women' fate.
Somber yet interesting look at nine individual days within a year tracing a nuclear scientists' love and work. Though he has foreseen his own extinction we see his struggles in trying to bring his work to fruition. His wife has to make choices of her own along the way. Well told within an intriqing set up. Performances solid and the black and white images often pristine. Very abrupt ending.