Commissar Movie Review 1968

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Before the Soviet Union ended up in the ashcan of history, this film was labeled as "treason" and shelved in Red Russia. Now, even Americans can view the story of a female Soviet soldier who becomes pregnant during the civil war of 1922. The Soviet military has no policy regarding pregnancy, so the woman is dumped on a family of outcast Jews to complete her pregnancy. This film makes the strong statement that women were just as discriminated against in the U.S.S.R. as were many races or creeds, especially Jews. In Russian with English subtitles. Released in the U.S. in 1988.


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Available on VHS
Running time 105 minutes.
Originally from Russian.

Cast and Crew

Russia/USSR, Women, Judaism, Red Scare, Parenthood, 4 Bones
Alexander Askoldov
Nonna Mordyukova, Rolan Bykov, Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Vasily Shukshin, Pavlik Levin, Ludmilla Volinskaya
Valery Ginsberg
Alexander Askoldov
Alfred Schnittke

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