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The Ascent - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Drama, War
Starring: Boris Plotnikov, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Sergey Yakovlev
Director: Larisa Shepitko
Plot Synopsis:

The crowning triumph of a career cut tragically short, Larisa Shepitko's final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and went on to be hailed as one of the finest works of late-Soviet cinema. In the darkest days of World War II, two partisans set out for supplies to sustain their beleaguered outfit, braving the blizzard-swept landscape of Nazi-occupied Belarus. When they fall into the hands of German forces and come face-to-face with death, each must choose between martyrdom and betrayal, in a spiritual ordeal that lifts the film's earthy drama to the plane of religious allegory. With stark, visceral cinematography that pits blinding white snow against pitch-black despair, The Ascent finds poetry and transcendence in the harrowing trials of war.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: January 26th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1977
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:109 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressedmonaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Black & White
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Russian: LPCM Mono
    Special Features:
    • New selected-scene commentary featuring film scholar Daniel Bird
    • New video introduction by Anton Klimov, son of director Larisa Shepitko and filmmaker Elem Klimov
    • New interview with actor Lyudmila Polyakova
    • The Homeland of Electricity, a 1967 short film by Shepitko
    • Larisa, a 1980 short film tribute to his late wife by Klimov
    • Two documentaries from 2012 about Shepitko’s life, work, and relationship with Klimov
    • Program from 1999 featuring an interview with Shepitko
    • PLUS: An essay by poet Fanny Howe