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Fate of a Man (1959)

Sudba cheloveka (original title)
The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

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Pavel Boriskin ...
Vanja (as Pavlik Boriskin)
Zinaida Kirienko ...
Irina
Pavel Volkov ...
Ivan
Yuri Averin ...
Muller (as Yu. Averin)
Kirill Alekseyev ...
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Pavel Vinnikov
Evgeniy Teterin
Anatoli Chemodurov
Lev Borisov
Georgi Shapovalov
Aleksandr Novikov ...
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Vyacheslav Berezko ...
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Vladimir Ivanov
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Destiny of a Man  »

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The DVD release was not authorized Inside the former USSR countries. See more »

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When the lead character steals the Nazi car, in broad daylight, a owl echo sounds. See more »

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Sokolov: [Snaps to attention] Prisoner Sokolov reporting as ordered.
Muller: So four cubic meters is too much to quarry, eh?
Sokolov: It is, Commandant, far too much.
Muller: And you need only one cubic meter for your grave, right?
Sokolov: Yes, that's quite enough for a grave. Even there'd be room to spare.
Muller: I'm going to do you a great honor. I'll shoot you with my own pistol.
[Gesturing with his gun]
Muller: Let's go into the yard.
Sokolov: Whatever you say.
[Turns sharply about face]
[...]
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The Nightmarish Saga of a Survivor
11 December 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After the Russian Civil War, the Russian worker Andrei Sokolov (Sergei Bondarchuk) marries his beloved Irina (Zinaida Kirienko) and seventeen years later, the couple has a son and two daughters. The family man Andrei is summoned by the Red Army as truck driver in the World War II and he promises to Irina that he will return to his family. Andrei drives through a road that is bombed and he is captured by the Germans and suffers in the prisoner camps. He finds strength to resist the maltreatment of the German soldiers thinking in Irina and his children.

Andrei succeeds to escape from the Germans and finds that Irina and their daughters were killed during the bombing of their house and his son Anatoly is a Captain of the Russian Army. Near to the end of the war, Anatoly dies and Andrei does not see any motive to live. Until the day that she sees the starving orphan Vanja begging on the streets of Uryupinsk.

"Sudba Cheloveka" is a magnificent Russian anti-war film with the nightmarish saga of a survivor of World War II. The narrative is perfect, with top-notch screenplay, direction, performances, cinematography and scenarios. The film gives the sensation of documentary and I am not sure whether the director Sergei Bondarchuk used in his debut inserted footages to give more realism to the movie.

The sequence when Andrei meets the orphan boy is touching and never corny and closes this little masterpiece with golden key. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil):"O Destino de um Homem" ("The Destiny of a Man")


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