Lev Kulesov

Mediometraggio Compreso In “Boevoj Kinosbornik N° 13” (“The Battlefield Film Collection # 13”); T. Alt.: Ucitel’nica Kartasova; T. Ing.: Young Partisans, The Teacher Kartasova; Ass. R.: A. Hohlova; Scen.: L. Kassil’; F.: M. Kirillov; Scgf.: P. Galadzev; Int.: G. Stepanova (La Professoressa Kartasova), A. Fajt (Il Responsabile Del Kolchoz), A. Pupko, A. Kuznecov (Bambini), P. Galadzev, S. Martinson (Tedeschi); Prod.: Sojuzdetfil’m E Stalinabad Film Studio; Pri. Pro.: Non Uscito 35mm. D.: 55′ A 24 F/S.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Made on a par with Igor’ Savcenko (who directed the inner novella Levko) this heroic tale for children about children tells how to be a hero not on the front, nor in the rear, but behind the enemy lines – on the territories occupied by the Nazis. Ordinary people you think you know so well – your doctor, your teacher, your class mate – do things you’d never expect them to do: perform surgery under falling bombs, offer their life for the life of their pupils or blow themselves up to kill enemy soldiers. Note the chalk-drawn halo drawn to match the teacher’s head as she stands up against the blackboard prepared for martyrdom. Petr GaladZev, Kuleshov’s student of 20 years before, who plays the smaller of the two Germans in this film and whom you remember playing in many Kuleshov’s films shown in Bologna this week, designed the set for this film. The film was never released – possibly because in 1943 the Soviet army went from retreat to offensive.
Yuri Tsivian

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