Commissar
Komissar
Russia, 1967, 110 minutes, SD
Commissar Synopsis

Banned for over 20 years by the Russian authorities for its controversial stance on anti-Semitism and women’s rights, The Commissar was finally screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988, where it won the Silver Bear and met with international acclaim.


Set in 1920 during the Russian Civil War, the film follows the story of Clavdia Vavilova, a female Commissar from the Red Army who is sent to stay with a poor Jewish family in the final stages of her pregnancy. The initial hostility and resentment of both parties begins to mellow as they gradually discover that they have more in common than either realised. But following the birth of a son, Clavdia is faced with leaving her newborn behind and returning to the grave realities of war.

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Reviewed by jeteli
While the film tackles the horrible events that happen during a war what took my attention more was about the Commissar's human side and that of being a woman and... more
While the film tackles the horrible events that happen during a war what took my attention more was about the Commissar's human side and that of being a woman and mother. This for me is a unique story, being an official in a Communist Party, yet suddenly becoming pregnant. Her stay with a peasant family opened her eyes and reconnected her to the human side of things. The scenes depicting a poor yet happy family in the midst of war was poignant yet heartbreaking and there was one very disturbing scene, that of the young kids torturing and hurting the older sister. The acting portrayals were very impressive,especially that of Nanna Mordyukova as commissar Vavilova and the poor man Rolan Bykov who fit perfectly to his role as that of a jovial family man with a lot of pent-up anger towards the initiators of war. Very engrossing and compelling movie and I highly recommend this to everyone!
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Powerful and intense, this is not just about the grim reality of war in the Soviet Union but the story of a mother who has to decide what's best for... more
Powerful and intense, this is not just about the grim reality of war in the Soviet Union but the story of a mother who has to decide what's best for her child. Heart-wrenching and will strike you at the very core. it gives a picture of the effects and confusion brought about by war as well as the damage caused by endless battles. But what's heartbreaking most of all was the condition of the people affected by such atrocities.  Impressive acting portrayals and commendable musical scoring and cinematography!
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  • found the film engrossing to watch not only for the great cast but also because of the lead star Murdyukova.  Hers is a compelling story;  a stern and hard commissar softened by motherhood.  

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