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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be given to every MP when they are elected, 6 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Come and See [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Okay, Before I begin this review, I have a bit of an issue with some previous reviewers of this film who seem to be looking for 'art'.
Other reviewers have actually called this 'art house'. Art house? This film? Come on.
Come and See isn't art, and it definitely isn't a perfectly put together film, but it is a graphic portrayal of human beings fighting each other (I was going to write 'at war' there, but that phrase is too sanitised to describe the actual process).
I was a soldier for over 25 years, and believe me, this film takes you to places never covered by Hollywood, and it's a given in the military that the first film that depicts fighting in all its true horror would be banned outright. (How much film of fighting in Afghanistan are you being shown each evening)?
This film captures the fear and the horror of partisan warfare perfectly. On both 'sides'.
If anything, this film shows just how deep the Great Patriotic War (as it's known as in Russia) carved itself into the Russian psyche, and how it has influenced, and will continue to influence, their subsequent attitude to the West.
It is harrowing, disjointed, dreamlike and at times mystical. Put on this DVD, turn down the lights, and I defy anyone not to be moved deeply by the opening 10 minutes.
The film is so real, and the director catches so many subtle, horrible nuances, that it makes for a very very disturbing film.
Watch it, take it in, and realise what it's like to to have to fight other human beings, day in and day out, night in and night out, with no respite.
We have politicians who commit our young people to every new 'conflict' - sending them to possible death or disfigurement when they themselves haven't even been in a scuffle in a chip shop on saturday night. Perhaps if they saw this film, just once, they might not see 'conflict' in such a noble light.
Hence the title of my review.
Come and See.
You owe it to yourself to experience this film at least once, in its pure undubbed form.
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Initial post: 4 Dec 2011 14:49:32 GMT
M. A. Mcleod says:
Bravo sir for making your very convincing argument to watch this film. It still haunts me after viewing it a while back.
:-)))

Posted on 19 Mar 2013 11:39:36 GMT
Dan Smith says:
Brilliant review - for my 2 c Politicians are all thieves.

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 10:42:36 BDT
M. Bishop says:
It's a wonderful film, and whilst impossible to enjoy I absorbed every frame as I feel it is our duty to do. Your review sums this up very eloquently. "City of Life and Death" is more of the same, and just as impactful, though in a very different way. We should all do our best to understand what conflict really means, and it's not the gung-ho nonsense shown in Saving Private Ryan.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2013 13:00:05 BDT
Thanks for your comment - I hadn't heard of 'City', but I'm off to research it on your recommendation.
best Regards
Jeff
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