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The Commissar (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, M.Gorky Film Studio
DVD Region: ALL
2 DVD Set
Theatrical release: 1967
DVD release: 2004
Language(s): Russian, English (voice over), French (voice over)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Italian, English, German, Russian
Format: Widescreen, 16:9, Black & White
Genre(s): Drama

A female commissar named Vavilova has to leave her detachment for a while. She is expecting a baby… Staying with the Jewish family of a petty artisan, who has many children of his own, and observing the everyday life of those poor but always ready to help people, Madame Vavilova, as she is called by the head of the family, Yefim Magazannik, discovers a hitherto unknown to her world of human joys, the happy pleasures of motherhood and family life. But soon she has to return to the realities of war and leave her newborn son with her new friends...

Awards: Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize and Ecumenical Jury Prize at the West Berlin IFF, 1988

Director:
Aleksandr Askol'dov

Script:
Aleksandr Askol'dov

Camera:
Valerij Ginzburg

Music:
Alfred Schnittke

Cast:
Leonid Reutov, Rolan Bykov, Nonna Mordyukova, Vasilij Shukshin, Sergej Nikonenko, Raisa Nedashkovskaya, Lyudmila Volynskaya, Otar Koberidze

Art Director:
Sergej Serebrennikov

Sound producer:
Nikolaj Sharyj, Liya Benevol'ska, Evgenij Bazanov