Komissar

Overview

The Commissar of the title, played by Nonna Mordyukova, is a Soviet functionary wielding power over a remote Jewish village. Neither she nor the villagers care for the status quo, but over a period of several weeks both come to accept the situation and to establish a detente. The film's pro-Semitism was not entirely in keeping with Soviet policy of the 1960s, thus the film was shelved and hidden from the general public. Only with the thawing of East-West relationships, and the political upheaval in Russia itself,...
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Overview

The Commissar of the title, played by Nonna Mordyukova, is a Soviet functionary wielding power over a remote Jewish village. Neither she nor the villagers care for the status quo, but over a period of several weeks both come to accept the situation and to establish a detente. The film's pro-Semitism was not entirely in keeping with Soviet policy of the 1960s, thus the film was shelved and hidden from the general public. Only with the thawing of East-West relationships, and the political upheaval in Russia itself, was The Commissar deemed "safe" for general consumption. The film was finally distributed in 1988, twenty years after its completion.
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Special Features

Director Aleksandr Askoldov and the controversy over Commissar archival interviews, Askoldov biography, documents, letters; Video interview with Actress Raisa Nedashkovskaya; A film press announcement; Three video stills galleries; Cast / Crew filmographies; Biography of Vasili Grossman; Languages; Spoken: Original Russian (Mono), Original Russian (DTS), Original Russian (5.1), ; English voice over (5.1), French Voice Over (5.1); Optional subtitles: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2007
  • UPC: 738329049225
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,312

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Commissar
1. Dead Town [5:40]
2. Revolutionary Tribunal [6:53]
3. Forced Leave [8:23]
4. Children Games [:38]
5. Night [2:44]
6. Morning [5:40]
7. Interrupted Happiness [1:37]
8. Breakfast [4:38]
9. About Kids [3:13]
10. Family Joys [4:48]
11. Commissar's in Labour [5:05]
12. Over Three Churches [7:41]
13. Guests [6:13]
14. Lullaby [5:24]
15. Change of Power [5:03]
16. Evacuation [5:13]
17. Jewish Pale [2:49]
18. Killing the Fear [5:40]
19. Impala [3:43]
20. She's Gone [5:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Commissar
   Play
   Chapters
   Language Selection
      Russian (Mono)
      Russian DTS
      Russian 5.1
      English 5.1 (Voice Over)
      French 5.1 (Voice Over)
   Subtitles
      Russian
      English
      French
      German
      Spanish
      Italian
      Subtitles Off
   Extras
      V. Grossman
      Filmographies
         Alexander Askoldov - Director, Scriptwriter
         Valery Ginzburg - Cameraman
         Sergey Serebrennikov - Production Designer
         Alfred Schnittke - Composer
         Rolan Bykov - Actor
         Otar Koberidze - Actor
         Nonna Mordyukova - Actress
         Raissa Nedashkovskaya - Actress
         Vassily Shukshin - Actor
      Photo Gallery
      Stills From the Film
   Back
      Pycckaá
      English
      Français
Disc #2 -- Commissar
   A. Askoldov
      Interview
      From the Archive
         Nonna Mordyukova
         Raisaa Nedashkovskaya
         Rolan Bykov
      Filmography
      Letters
         Case history of Comrade A.YA. Askoldov
         To the General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committe
      Documents
   Interview With R. Nedashkovskaya
   Press
   Awards
   Photo Album "Recognition"
   Subtitles
      Russian
      English
      French
      German
      Spanish
      Italian
      Subtitles Off
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