The Commissar

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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1967
  • Label: Kino Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Russian, English, French
    • DTS (unspecified) - Russian
    • Mono - Russian
    • Subtitles - Russian, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Bonus Footage: "A Film Press Announcement"
    • Featurette: Director Aleksandr Askoldov and the Controversy over kOMMISSAR
    • Interviews:
      1. Archival Interviews
      2. Raisa Nedashkovskaya - Star
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Filmographies: Cast/Crew
    • Stills/Photos (3)
    • Additional Text:
      1. Documents
      2. Letters
    • Biographies:
      1. Vasily Grossman - Source Writer
      2. Aleksandr Askoldov - Director

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

Film Comment - 06/01/1988
"...A masterpiece of montage, yielding itself with absolutely stunning clarity in a visual grammar worthy of Eisenstein and Dovzhenko..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/16/1988
"...It is amazing how much emotion and experience COMMISSAR is able to express between its central symbols of life and death..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2007
"Askoldov is as comfortable with large-scale set pieces as with intimate tĂȘte-a-tĂȘtes..."

Product Description:

During the Russian Civil War a tough Red Army commander's military career is disrupted by an unwanted pregnancy. Forced to stay with a poor Jewish family until her child is born, she comes face to face with the realities of different cultures and becomes transformed by the warmth and compassion of her hosts.

Plot Synopsis:

Against the backdrop of the Russian Civil War, a female Commissar, realizing she is pregnant, is forced to live with a Jewish family. During her pregnancy she is exposed to cultures different than her own and, in the end, she must make up her mind whether to stay with baby, or stay in the Army.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Parenthood | Recommended | Social Issues | Tear Jerker | War

Production Notes:

  • Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; also won the International Critics Prize for Best Film.
  • "Commissar" was banned by the Soviet government for almost 21 years.
  • Copyright 1988, Mosfilm.

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  • Sales Rank: 124,929
  • UPC: 738329049225
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