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Title: Idi i smotri
Year: 1985 (Russia), 1987 (US)
Director: Elem Klimov
Writers: Ales Adamovich & Elem Klimov
Starring: Aleksei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova
Music: Oleg Yanchenko
Distinctions: formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a young boy in the Soviet army tries to survive WWII
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), March 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for concept, story and characters) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

It’s 2001: A Space Odyssey for people who wish that movie had Nazi war horrors in place of the science fiction and optimism. I took points off for concept and story, but that’s not really fair. If there were more of a story, it would have been a very different movie than what they were going for. It’s excruciatingly slow at places, but very effectively so. The cinematography and music are both brilliant. As for the special effects, we suspect they actually blew stuff up to get the shots of stuff blowing up, etc. I wouldn’t want to watch it again, but it certainly keeps your attention and leaves an impression.

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