Destiny of a Man (1961)





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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 international release in 1961 (two years after it was made) was a genuine eye-opener to film-critic curmudgeons who believed that Russian filmmakers, while brilliant in assembling propaganda pieces, were lacking in humanity and emotionalism. An enormous worldwide success, Destiny of a Man smoothed the path for the more spectacular Bondarchuk productions (War and Peace, Waterloo) still to come. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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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