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Two Masterpieces by Larisa Shepitko (Eclipse) (1966-1976)

Cast: Maya Bulgakova, Boris Plotnikov
Director: Larisa Shepitko
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Studio: Eclipse
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Russia, Weepies, War, WWII, Criterion Collection
Languages: German, Russian
Subtitles: English

Two Masterpieces by Larisa Shepitko (Eclipse): The Ascent (1976)
The award-winning young director of this unusual wartime drama died shortly after beginning work on her next film. Voskhozhdeniye, which won the Grand Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, is Larissa Shepitko's last complete work. As the film progresses, the inner lives and states of the protagonists emerge as the compelling focus of the drama. Two partisans resisting German incursions into Byelorussia during World War II are separated from their fleeing comrades and are captured by the Germans. Along with a number of local villagers, they are sentenced to die. One of them dies with such overwhelming dignity, such grace, that no one present is unmoved, and the flame of resistance is successfully transferred to several of those who observe his death. This spiritual giant of a man also outfaces a despicable Russian schoolteacher from the area, who is an active collaborator with the Germans.

Two Masterpieces by Larisa Shepitko (Eclipse): Wings (1966)
The director of this film, Larisa Shepitko, was the wife of the distinguished director Elem Klimov and a very promising director herself. Based on a true story, Krylya tells of the efforts of a famous female fighter pilot from the World War II era to make a life for herself in the postwar era. At 42, the present pales before her memories of the past, and of her true love, now long dead. She is unable to come to terms with her past nor with the present, in which she is the director of a high school and the mother of an adoptive daughter. Her attempts to compensate for her distraction all lie in the direction of appearing authoritative, but the students and her daughter, with the unerring instincts of the young, distrust and despise her. In her distress, she is forced even more deeply into reliving her memories of the only time in which she was truly alive, seeking some kind of answer or resolution.

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Two Masterpieces by Larisa Shepitko (Eclipse): The Ascent (1976)
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8.29 (7 votes)
Two Masterpieces by Larisa Shepitko (Eclipse): Wings (1966)
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8.20 (5 votes)

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