CINEMA, 35mm _ It is not the light and funny Barnet you might have known from his other films but there are still here and there elements of comedy. But you'll learn that, thanks to his great knowledge of film grammar, Barnet is also great in drama, as in the middle section of this war film. Impressive tension and hidden love story. Some clichés but all together a solid classic, even better on a big screen.
contains two of the most brutal death scenes (one of a soldier another one of an animal) in the history of cinema. Also loads of absurdist slapstick, tragic moments, grandiose music, weird sound effects, a great romance and action scenes as dynamic as a shootout in an hong kong 80s film.
Oh man. Though contemporary audiences may not be aware of how wildly subversive the goofy elements were at the time, this will presumably not not stop them from being won over by them. And then some of it is very far from goofy. Barnet is the best. Hadn't seen this in a very long time. Thank you, MUBI!
An inspiring film showing events before and during the Russian revolution as seen through the eyes of a typical town. The film subtly puts forward the message that all average people are brothers be they Russians or Germans and that the real enemy is not each other but instead is the people in power. For an early sound film the sound effects were quite something at times mocking the folly of war.
Life in a small town before the Revolution and ,at the opening,just before the First World War.Before the battlefield scenes,the shift from the various segments was clever as we meet the residents. Unforgettable---the scene of the Russian soldier saving a German from being killed.
Excellent Russian war drama from the early days of sound film that takes a surprisingly humane approach to depicting the enemy, unlike later Soviet propaganda movies made in the 40s. The battle scenes are quite harrowing too, drawing comparisons to "All Quiet on the Western Front" made just three years prior in the US.