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Re: “No Path Through the Fire

It is an excellent film that shows how people, whether committed to any cause or not, were traumatized and suffered during the Civil War in Russia. I disgaree with Fred Camper that the main character is a communist willing to die for the cause. If this drama is watched with any decent degree of attention, it becomes cristal clear that the main character's loyalties belong merely to her friends and beloved ones. As an artist, she is concrete her way of loving and above the division into red and white. If she is waiting for the World revolution, it is only because she is looking forward to the time when the senseless bloodshed is stopped and people are able to live, love, and create without unnecessary suffering. She bears witness to the autrocities of the war and portrays it in her modernist art, as Gleb Panfilov, the director, argues in his film, for which, by the way, he won the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

Olga Malinovskaya


Posted by Olga Malinovskaya on 12/10/2011 at 12:05 PM

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