Come and See

Directed By: Elem Klimov Starring: Alexei Kravchenko

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 40228285
UPC 738329031725
UPC 14 00738329031725
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Elem Klimov's stunning COME AND SEE is a relentlessly brutal condemnation of war hidden in the guise of a surrealistic coming-of-age nightmare. A physically and emotionally draining viewing experience, the film follows Florya (played brilliantly by Alexei Kravchenko), a 12-year-old boy living in 1943 Byelorussia. When he digs up an abandoned gun, Florya gleefully signs up with the Russian Army, looking forward to life as a soldier. But that fantasy rapidly deteriorates when the reality of the situation confronts him head-on. Abandoned by his fellow comrades, he stumbles across the weeping Glasha (Olga Mironova), a pretty teenager who has also been left behind. Together, the pair returns to Florya's village only to discover that everyone has been slaughtered--Florya's mother and younger sisters included. The journey continues as Florya embarks on a mission to find food for the stranded inhabitants of a neighboring village. He eventually lands in the middle of another German massacre, where the animalistic Nazis stuff the Russians into a barn and torch it, obliterating Florya's innocence completely. Klimov's unflinching masterpiece is all the more affecting because of the beauty of its imagery. Working on a variety of levels, COME AND SEE speaks both as personal statement and broad metaphor, making it a timeless, unforgettable achievement.
Sight and Sound "...[A] powerful war film....The director has elicited an excellent performance form his central actor Kravchenko..." 03/01/1987 p.140-1,"Klimov's astonishing war movie combines intense lyricism with the kind of violent bloodletting that would make even Sam Peckinpah pause." 05/01/2006 p.85
New York Times "...The history is harrowing and the presentation is graphic....Powerful material, powerfully rendered..." 02/06/1987 p.C4
Entertainment Weekly "...Klimov alternates the horrors of war with occasional fairy tale-like images; together they imbue the film with an unapologetically disturbing quality that persists long after the credits roll..." 11/02/2001 p.57
Elem Klimov
Alexei Kravchenko
Cast & Crew
Alexei Kravchenko - Star
Liubomiras Lauciavicius - Star
Olga Mironova - Star
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Composer
Alexei Rodionov - Director of Photography
Ales Adamovich - Screenwriter
Elem Klimov - Screenwriter
Oleg Yanchenko - Composer
Elem Klimov - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1985
Catalog ID D03172
UPC 00738329031725
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 142 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Russian
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Russian
DVD, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Klimov,Elem
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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