COME AND SEE
IDI I SMOTRI
1985, Janus Films, 140 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Elem Klimov

Its title drawn from a chilling passage in the Book of Revelation, this nightmarish, fact-based WWII drama is told through the eyes of 14-year-old Florya (Aleksey Kravchenko), a Belarusian boy eager to join the fight against Nazi invaders. But Florya’s dreams of heroics are quickly replaced by the litany of horrors he witnesses from the moment he joins the army to the film’s unforgettable conclusion. “One of the most devastating films ever about anything. … I have rarely seen a film more ruthless in its depiction of human evil.” - Roger Ebert.


METROPOLITAN
1990, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, USA, Dir: Whit Stillman

Writer-director Whit Stillman earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature, this perceptive comedy of manners set in 1970s Manhattan. While on winter break from his university, Tom Townsend (Edward Clements) meets a group of young socialites at a debutante ball and is accepted into their circle, spending evenings at after-hours parties hashing through socialist political theories, romantic gossip and concerns about the impending demise of the aristocracy to which all but Tom were born.


BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
BRONENOSETS POTEMKIN
1925, Kino Lorber, 66 min, Soviet Union, Dir: Sergei M. Eisenstein

One of the most influential silent films of all time, this stirring historical drama takes place during the Russian Revolution of 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship's loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable - mutiny. Seizing control of the battleship and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors’ revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heels of the czar's Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrive to crush the rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, one of the most famous and most quoted film sequences in cinema history is born.


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