"road test" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

An epigraph for this movie Herman probably would be best to come the words of Alexander Twardowski from his poem "Two lines" - the same unloved Soviet officialdom (that is where the Finnish war poet for the first time called "neznamenitoy"), as well as Herman's "road test": "... Among the major war brutality with which -uma never know, I feel sorry for the fate of the distant ..."
"Checking on the roads." - not only the best (for me - no doubt) movie stingy, but brilliant, German filmography. This is one of the best war movies in general. Together with Sholokhov's "destiny of man" it is tragic dilogy about the fate of the Soviet people, were taken prisoner during the war, but with all Sholokhov's talent, directed by Hermann and playwright Volodarsky managed to achieve in his film of what has neither the writer of Veshenskaya or ekranizatoram him really shrill story with their film version of "human Destiny" in 1958, nor to the author of the literary basis of the "Checks" and the father Alexis Herman, Yuri Herman in his "Operation" Happy New year!. »
they were able to show both sides of the e the tragedy and to demonstrate that the return from captivity only guarantee the end of the first part. What is surprising - neither during nor after the restructuring, in the midst of which first appeared on the screen a picture of Hermann, nothing like that, the more superior the film, has been established. And, unfortunately, most likely, will not.
Perhaps the fact that the war, which the film Herman was separated some quarter of a century from the time of the shooting, and from us they would soon be separated seven decades. Remember how in 1987 is celebrated on October 70 anniversary? And what an ancient history, it seemed, while even at the end of the 80 war was here she is near, just yesterday? But not far off the 70 anniversary of the Victory
And that does not take away from that generation, generation Herman found the war -.. Is the ability to make films about the war
As in every great movie and not only based on a literary work, the authors guessed perfectly with the choice of actors for the role - both major and minor. The last - from nameless hero Nicholas Burljaeva to scout Solomin in the brilliant performance by Oleg Borisov (the last for some hours the complex evolution of the projected its propaganda and their own beliefs pathological response to prisoner of war, and even more so in the Polizei "Skin!" to repentance before yesterday unjustly offended them, and are now trying to save his life Lazarev: "You this, I'm sorry ... I'm not good ...»)
What can we say about the main characters of the film.. "Checking on the roads" - these are the best in their film career (in my opinion) the role of the two artists - Vladimir Zamansky and Rolan Bykov
angular, awkward, dim in general, peasant, rural district, in the difficult times which became the commander of the guerrilla unit. - this role seems to be created for the bulls, although he used to play colorful eccentrics. Taciturn and not able, in general, nice and long to say their meager estimates he often puts the record straight "and" so much so that ... That only is his three short phrases thrown Commissioner Petushkov (a sort of Mehlis company officer scale) when he tries to denigrate almost returned alive to the "verification" Lazarev: "Do not be so Comrade Major ... I do not like human beings ... Bestiality is it!". Die, Denis! But also to leave, to escape from the flesh and blood of the system in which it is alloyed and the war, and all the previous years, and the murderous ideology, according to which "we have no prisoners, and there are traitors," he can not, though, obviously, wants. Because the entire film is the addition to the confrontation with the Commissioner-Lokotkova scumbag (but survived his personal tragedy - the loss of a son - and therefore eligible for understanding, but not an excuse, its position) - and still fight the same Lokotkova with himself. Fight those who believe Lazarus, sympathetic and wants to save him from the hell that he went through and is going through, in order, who should be punished, but at best to check and recheck stumbled, even if it happened in spite of himself.
hero is Zamansky, although the latter acting talent and so indisputable, has indeed become (thanks to the talent) in this picture the character, which could not overshadow even the colorful and at times claiming to be the main figure Lokotkova. Recent footage Lazarev - the famous scene in the machine-gun towers - even begging in the golden fund of all time. It seems that this is not a man firing a gun, and they are merged together - the man and the weapon - and all the bitterness, resentment, grief that struck this simple Sverdlovsk taxi driver caught in the meat grinder a huge war, all the considerable expense of what he may bring his mutilated, maimed by this war, life that ends at this moment, on this rig, amid this din and smoke - all this bullet shatters a fan of revenge on the station to shoot them, until he finished machine-gun belts. This is not just a Soviet patriot dies "For the Motherland, for Stalin!". It is a simple average Soviet citizen, leaving in their prime of life, asking the latter in that of his earthly life report with those who so terribly mangled, and brought him eventually to the tower - his Calvary - ever, due to the whom he had to be a stranger among his own fall from everywhere, from all the schemes, structures, groups, find themselves in full vacuum before his physical death. And he does not want the same, even a life interrupted (at the scene with a failed suicide Lazarev - one of the most if not the most emotionally loaded in the whole film). Revenge - yes, justify to their - yes, but not to die, but to live up to something. Before the victory, the truth, just before anything was good. Because, apparently, already mortally wounded, and he runs after leaving afar echelon
This film, which is in some episodes it is difficult to watch without tears, -. The true face of war. It has many faces, but it is - one of the most feared and disliked to show the Soviet agitprop. And the merit of German and other creators of "checks" - that he was not afraid to look at that face, and show it to us.

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