The Paper Soldier (subtitles) (DVD-NTSC)

The Paper Soldier (subtitles) (DVD-NTSC)

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In 1961, a Soviet medical officer is conflicted about his position overseeing the health of future cosmonauts.

"The film looks at the lives of some ordinary Russian people who faced tough times both mentally as well as physically before the launch of Soviet Union's first manned space project. The film's title "Paper Soldier" alludes to the fact that a lot of common people had precarious lives due to the morals and conditions which prevailed in Soviet Union of post world war II time when the lives of ordinary citizens did not matter a lot. The focus was more on achieving larger goals for which minor lives did not matter. Hence, it was ethically right that a soldier was considered nothing more than a dummy made up of paper.

The film is set around late 1950s or early 1960s but Stalin has not yet been forgotten. In one of the important scenes which occurs twice, an old man is shown trying to sell a big Stalin poster. This is one example of the fact that although Russian people were preparing themselves to be ruled by a different ruler there was still some nostalgia for the glorious days of the past..."

Review by FilmCriticLalitRao (Paris, France)

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