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Second, "Come and See" is an accurate historical portrayal of a Nazi massacre of a Belarussian village. While I sympathize with the fact that we hear next to nothing about the Communist massacres, and are inundated with news about the Nazi massacres due to the Holocaust, we should not attack the film on such grounds. Somebody should get up and make a film about the rape of Germany at the hands of Soviets if they are so inclined.
Last, "Come and See" is astounding cinema. The tracking shots and surreal atmosphere are brilliantly rendered. This film is a cross between "Apocalypse Now" and "Schindler's List" and equally good if not better. The lead performance by the teenage actor Aleksei Kravchenko is awesome. "Come and See" is one of the most harrowing movies ever made, and should be watched by everyone.
The film made a big impression on me. The years passed, and occasionally I would think about the film. I didn't really even know its title in English (as I said, I saw it in France, with Russian soundtrack and French subtitles).
I happened to come across references to the film recently on the web, so I went to Amazon.com's site (and other on-line sellers of videos) to see if it was available, and, to my surprise here it is.
The problem is that, because this film is so heavy and, in many ways, disturbing, I'm going to have to think about obtaining it and seeing it again. Maybe it was best to have come across it by chance one evening in Paris, and leave it at that . . . .
But for all of you who are wondering about this film, see it. It will likely have a profound effect on you.
Although initially sceptical regarding this movie's historical accuracy as it was a Soviet era production, after watching it I thought this film to be a very honest and sobering portrayal of the war on the Eastern Front, between Hitler's Germany and the Soviet Union during WWII. The movie depicts an often overlooked facet of the war, specifically the activites of the SS "Einsatzgruppen," or special action police units, whose task was to liquidate Jews, communists, and any potential threats to the Nazi regime behind the front lines of the actual fighting. These SS police units travelled behind the army's advance, and in addition to conducting mass executions of Jews and suspected communists, were also employed to "pacify" occupied regions that were suspected of taking part in, or aiding, the growing underground resistance. The activites of such an SS unit provides the background to the movie as the main character, a young teenage boy, loses his parents and survives the razing of a Russian village - a scene quite unpleasant to watch, yet very well depicted and brutal in its realism. Of mention was the role played by local Russian militia in carrying out these executions and "reprisal" raids - as this is a Soviet film, and was subject to state oversight, I was surprised that such unpleasant reminders of Russian collaboration were incorporated. Large numbers of volunteers from the occupied territories were accomplices to the SS in their cleansing actions, a fact documented in this movie.
"Come and See" also provides an interesting glimpse into the role and activities of the Soviet partisans, the insurgent groups fighting the Nazi occupation behind the front.Read more ›
The picture's rigorously subjective style, hallucinatory imagery, and refusal to soften or glamorize the realities of war, makes it something of a milestone in the Soviet World War II film, a genre distinguished, at its best, by a sense of grief over the great tragedy of that conflict, which killed an estimated twenty million Russians. In Byelorussia, the Germans systematically wiped out hundreds of towns, rounding men, women, and children into barns and burning them alive. By depicting these horrific events through the eye of a naive boy, Klimov gives them immediacy, elevating them above the mere recounting of historical fact into the heightened realm of an actual witnessing, where they appear strange, grotesque, and unbearable.
Kravchenko's almost wordless performance is riveting. Over the course of the film we see his face become aged beyond his years, hardening into a mask of fear and trauma that reflects every atrocity he has seen and endured. The film is constantly directing our attention to people's faces, their expressions, their stares and glances, which visually emphasizes the fact that all these horrors are happening to people, to someone, the unutterable limits of inhumanity experienced in the souls and feelings of living beings.Read more ›
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What I saw, cannot be expressed in words, and I will not spoil this for you as you need 100% of movie to know.Published 8 months ago by William
One of the best war movies of all time. It's a composite of the many atrocities on the Eastern Front. This shows what many villages under German occupation suffered. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2012 by Michael Dopking
This movie is pure Communist propaganda designed to fool the Russian people and western liberals and this objective was achieved. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2007 by Sepp Dietrich
This forum is not the place for your anti-American propaganda bullsh*t. This forum is for the discussion of the film, "Idi i Smotri" (Come and See). Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Kavon W. Nikrad
I'm not giving this film 5 stars because the transfer, while decent, still leaves something to be desired. Read morePublished on May 4 2004
4.5 stars. This film is shocking in many ways. The only negative aspect is that for the first half of the film I was battling a serious case of culture-shock. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by D. Knouse
Equally important to me in reading reviews about a film are the technical aspects/production values and quality of the DVD itself, particularly re-releases of older films. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by Tad Ulrich
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