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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 Sypnosis:

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

Movie Release Year: 1977
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 109
Specs: New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressedmonaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Video Resolution/Codec: Black & White
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.37:1
Audio Formats: Russian: LPCM Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English
Special Features: • PLUS: An essay by poet Fanny Howe