"Liberation: Fire Arc (1968)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

There are a lot of films about the Second World War, but the "Liberation" most stands out against the background. Yuri Ozerov could not only convey the moral and spiritual atmosphere of the war years, but also to show the historical logic in the events on that were not capable of other works. As always, the trump cards of Soviet cinema, supported by the state, reflected in the picture: it's breathtaking panoramas, battle shooting, that would never have mastered neither studio releasing the film on their own funds, as well as the entire cast army in the literal and figurative sense, of the word ... In the end, to get a real epic, full as it seemed that covered one of the most exciting periods in our history.
But! Now is the time for this critical "but." The purpose of the "Liberation" was unprecedented: to show the war from "above" and "below", from strategic planning to their actual performance in the field. The challenge, in fact, impossible. The picture shows the 51 real historical character, the strategic development of the main operations affects (albeit approximate) diplomatic negotiations and even a little show events taking place outside of our country, in fact, a universal history. But on the other hand, it is partial, incomplete. DETAILED narrative (for example, on the uprising against Mussolini) suddenly stops completely due to which connectivity almost lost. Many events have been omitted, for example, the movie "breakthrough" entirely suspended from the General Staff in favor of conventional history of the battalion, so many operatsii1944 year are not shown (although they were the most for the entire period of the war). All of them are only implied between the lines, I'm sorry, between frames. Because of this, "Liberation" loses value the historical, almost educational picture, even though sometimes inserted documentary chronicles.
Image ordinary people too fragmented. On the one hand, the viewer becomes acquainted with all kinds of troops World War II era, with different branches of activity. The film shows the artillery (the fate of Tsvetaeva battalion) of the tank (the life of Lieutenant Vasiliev), aviation (story Zaitseva lieutenant), the position of the prisoners (death of Major Maximova) and many others. Soulfulness adds special love line Zoe and Tsvetaeva, a love triangle between Jacques, Zaitsev and Tanya-signaller. But because of the huge number of these lines, the viewer becomes acquainted with only a small period, and often only an episode in their lives, they are not connected to each other and are perceived as bright but illogical kaleidoscope, after the style of the narrative of these fragments involves the further development of actions . Only the audience gets used to the characters, and begins to feel sympathy for them, their story is interrupted, at best, death at worst - a simple incoherent transition to the next scene. Especially annoying look because of this last shots of the "Battle of Berlin", t. To. Ending, implies alignment of all points above i, the logical conclusion and the union of all the stories together, limit rapid glee extras on the stage of the Reichstag. The viewer, in the end, instead of excitement and elation experienced a shadow of sadness and frustration that did not know, not that future life heroes, but also commonplace, whether they were still alive. Perhaps thus the writers wanted to show the real atmosphere of war, when people just physically can not be attached, and fate, were mixed in a military whirlwind, rushed chaotic and fragmented before the eyes of witnesses. However, the existing framework of art still require fair play; hand to talk about the people, it was necessary to talk to the end
As a result, Ozerov until the end failed neither the first -. the global challenge of historic lighting, nor the second - the transfer of military life the atmosphere of different people. And Ozerov work itself, we can only estimate of its ability to meet the demands of many influential people behind the scenes, what may indicate at least the fact that the film begins to depict events from the middle of the war. No personal assessment, apart from trying to raise the moral morals and patriotism speaker in the first film, no special view in general on the last event he, as a director, is not expressed.
Yet "Liberation" is one of the best films about the war has because he tried to pass a complete picture of the war, to cover all its aspects and to connect them together. It is a pity that today, when to increase the number of opportunities, diversity of accumulated facts and the obvious importance of the topic, current directors to be afraid to assign to myself this burden of responsibility and do not undertake to represent a real war, not born on the tip of the pen fantasy action game based on the war, some on my mind was "Stalingrad" 2013

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