Customer Review

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Materpieces from the Forgotten Lady of Russian Cinema, 1 July 2010
By 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criterion Collection: Eclipse: Wings & Ascent [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The release on DVD of these two films from Larisa Shepitko allows us a chance-finally-to see two masterpieces from a director who, sadly since her death in 1979, has been all but forgotten. As the reviewer above notes, the Ascent deserves to be remembered among the very best films to come out of Russia. It is a beautifully shot, cinematic and poignant film that tells the story of the relationship between two partisan comrades and their fate after capture. Shepitko's use of religious symbolism and iconography is, in my view, as interesting and powerful as her contemporary Tarkovsky. I would agree that The Ascent is the better of the two films, but Wings should not be overlooked. Made in 1966, the film might be read as a tribute to Russia's (also largely overlooked) female combatants in WW2. Made during a particularly fruitful period for dissident film-makers, the film is also both an insightful comment on the fate of many a female party apparatchik, documenting the difficult relationship between the main protagnonist and her daughter, for example, but also a not so subtle critique of the lives of most women in a still profoundly patriarchal society some 50 years after the revolution. An important film then and one that is also blessed with some lovely cinematic moments, as Nadya escapes from the hemmed in constraints of civilian life, into the life of the mind and imagination and the freedom of the open skies.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

5.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£14.89
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Derbyshire

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,610,362