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A lovely and nuanced character study of a once-famous World War II fighter pilot named Nadezhda Petrovna (Maya Bulgakova) who becomes a provincial schoolmistress, raising her adopted daughter as a single mother. Larissa Shepitko's 1966 black-and-white feature is stately and reflective in tempo in a way that reminds me of some of the late films of John Ford; its commentary on the pervasive effect of Stalinism and the war on postwar Russia is layered and provocative. Written by Natalia Ryazanseva and Valentin Yexhov. Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Sunday, September 8, 6:00, 443-3737.

--Jonathan Rosenbaum

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