"road test" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

"- you can not perish. The gulf missing you, too, can not. You need to drive a train with food. And so it is able to confirm the other ... "(c)
Perhaps one of the most difficult and truthful about World War II movies. Next to it pales realistic "Come and see." Even flawless "Twenty Days Without War" of the same in comparison with the German forbidden at the time, "Testing ..." fade into the background ... The film deservedly included in the various lists of "the best", including recommended is among VGIK. Caught after the premiere on the "shelf", made famous in the film circles even before its presentation to a wide audience, and after the screens instantly became a classic of Russian cinema, this black - white masterpiece Alexis Herman shows this is not cinematic war. Not surprisingly, when it was banned - the film was made without a clear division into "good" and "bad", shows a terrible first years of the war through the prism of the confused, frightened Russian people with crippled destinies. Scenario saturated shades of gray - all the characters are ambiguous: such unpleasant people commit selfless acts, and those who regret in mind certain reasons - in the end turn out to be real villains. Shows the life of people living in the occupied territory, harsh and severe forest life guerrillas, the heroism and dedication of various people, which unfortunately no one to assess for local afraid of their attacks as soon as guerrilla raids come to them by German punitive. Among the latter there are traitors - Russian who defected to the enemy, because to prolong its existence. Well-fed, well-fed, well-armed and equipped the Germans, and our hungry, suffering from the cold and were interrupted without a sensible outfit guerrillas. Detachment recruited from former officers and men, whose parts have been killed or captured, as well as of those who have at some point chickened out and went to the enemy, but then decided to return to his own, which would fight for their country ... strong, truthful and unrivaled for a realistic painting of the Great Patriotic war. Completely devoid of pathos and zatortyh stamps and clichés war films. It is not "patriotic" in the literal sense of the definition, but causes pain mixed with pride for his homeland, and all those unknown heroes who like Lokotkov fought, worked and transferred untold hardships on their shoulders in the name of the Great Victory. After all, that would be enough to defeat death, to live and to survive in spite of everything, it is necessary to kill the enemy and go forward. And it's much harder to instant death: not to die for the sake of victory, and for the sake of winning live ...
script picture is written by one of the best Russian writers - Eduard Volodarsky, in military fiction directed by his father - a Soviet writer - a war veteran Yuri German. On the basis of creativity of his father Alexey Yu subsequently remove glorify Him "... Lapshin" (incidentally, the same forbidden and released in theaters in the restructuring of the first year). Since "Lapshin ..." was first released to the public, it was the first film that showed viewers creativity Herman and his unique style and manner of shooting, the most approximate to the reality. Although the style and manner of the author have been found as early as "Twenty Days ...", however there were not so pronounced. But in his first independent film (he, together with Gregory Aronov filmed "The Seventh Companion") of such director's findings and experiments have been more. In particular Cinematography shakes his organic, it is difficult to exactly where the operator itself from its gromozdskoy equipment! Given the fact that the film was shot on a lousy general Soviet of film "Svema" the operator - simply priceless! It is strange that a record of Jacob Sklyansky only one decent work and continuous short films, at the end of a career in general turned out to be an American thrash. Illuminators, painters, masters of make-up and stage scenery, jointly created the atmosphere of the first months of the Great Patriotic War is so meticulously that even today, with its much richer means of modern directors hardly could repeat this. Some eminent creators looking for their own style, one that can shoot a good movie about the war who is not - but how to remove Herman can not afford none of them. Realizing this, the more difficult to believe that the shooting "road checks" are not the master, but yesterday's newcomer - young, just beginning their difficult path in the movie directed by ...
The plot tells the story of how, in the beginning of the winter 41 - Wow, from the environment out guerrilla detachment. They joined surrendered Sergeant Lazarev - dressed in German uniforms, confused and gave an important moment of slack man, before the war, worked as a simple taxi driver. Major Petushki first wanted to shoot him, but fortunately he has not commanded a detachment, a former policeman - Captain Lokotkov. Who could defend Lazarev, and after checking thereof - he took in his unit took on a dangerous and extremely important operation - echelon stealing food from the territory of the enemy. Benefit Lazarev just served the Germans in those places, it can help a group of saboteurs to infiltrate a heavily guarded train station ... In the story there was a place for conflict and moral torment a broken person, and a lot of other things. One feels that the German text of the Volodarsky adapted for themselves. Dialogues characters are pronounced like in life (people interrupt each - other, while some say in the background talking about something his others), many in the slides of abandoned phrases and nothing meaningless speeches episodic characters, snatches of song, whistling, and what the murmuring passing in front camera supporting characters. All of this is exaggerated, and erected into an absolute masterpiece in the other masters - phantasmagoric horror film about the finale of the Stalin era, "Khrustalev, the car!". It is true there kinks with a background "filled" went to the damage to the perception of a scene tells a story. The "Testing ..." there is a balance between style and content, so the plot is simple and even linear ...
memorized dispute Petushkova (Anatoly Solonitsyn) and Lokotkova (Rolan Bykov) against the shooting Lazarev (Vladimir Zamanskiy). Major rights - he is a traitor, he served the Germans, while thousands of others, among whom was his son - the pilot, in his place chose captivity heroic death. But the rights of the captain - Lazarev not committed in the service of the Krauts are not any crimes against the Soviet people, and gave himself up, came to him in the squad; therefore realizes his guilt before the Motherland and ready to wash away the blood of his mistake. Therefore, he should be given a second chance, and only then judge if he did not keep the word ... Incredibly powerful ensemble cast, a lot of convex and memorable characters, extremely dramatic and compelling story to let the avaricious, the men's final tear. Definitely:
10 of 10

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