The Ascent

1 out of 5 stars
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An extraordinary, gruelling account of the partisans' fight against the Nazis in German-occupied Belorussia, The Ascent reflects the Russian obsession with the horrors of the Great Patriotic War, but unusually is both steeped in religious symbolism and ready to acknowledge the existence of the less than great Russian collaborator. The true battle is not with the Nazis, who hover in the background as mere extras, but between the Russian Nazi investigator and Sotnikov, the captured partisan who finds the spiritual strength to go to his death unbeaten. With its many references to the Crucifixion, the story takes on heroic proportions glorifying the sufferings of the martyr and his influence on future generations. A remarkable piece of work, not least for being filmed in black-and-white against a vast, bleak expanse of snow.

Release details

105 mins

Cast and crew

Larissa Shepitko
Yuri Klepikov, Larissa Shepitko
Boris Plotnikov
Vladimir Gostjuchin
Sergei Yakovlev
Ludmila Poliakova
Anatoli Solinitzin

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I find this author has taken far too many corners in his interpretation of history. I greatest set of mistakes occur with his discussion of the overthrow of the Allende Government and subsequent rationaliztion for the great loss of life and cruelty. I do not understand with discussion how little was said with utter indifference to the truth.