Destiny of a Man (1959)

Destiny of a Man


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Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk is both director and star of this melancholy wartime fable. Bondarchuk portrays Andrey Sokolov, a World War II-era Soviet citizen who is captured by Nazis. He goes through hell, but is sustained by the possibility that someday he'll be reunited with his loved ones. Upon his release, Sokolov discovers that his whole family has died during the war. Originally titled Sudba Cheloveka, Destiny of a Man represented Sergei Bondarchuk's directorial debut. Its … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International
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On DVD: Apr 22, 2003


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[font=Century Gothic]In "Destiny of a Man," Andrei Sokolov(Sergei Bondarchuk, who also directed), father of four, is married to Irina(Zinaida Kiriyenko) who he met at a building site. When the Nazis invade the Soviet Union, he enlists and is sent to the front. In an attempt to break through the lines, he is captured by the enemy and is eventually sent to a series of work camps.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Destiny of a Man" is a harrowing tale of survival of an ordinary soldier in time of war, highlighting the best and worst of humanity(Especially the worst since the Holocaust is referenced.), where small acts of compassion are outweighed by the larger acts of cruelty. The movie is superbly filmed, if a little obvious at times.[/font]

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