Agony: The Life And Death Of Rasputin (1981)

ELEM KLIMOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  Agoniya Alternate title:  Rasputin USSR, 1981.  Mosfilm.  Screenplay by Semyon Lungin, Ilya Nusinov.  Cinematography by Leonid Kalashnikov.  Music by Alfred Shnitke.  Production Design by Shavkat Abdusalamov, Sergey Voronkov.  Costume Design by Tatyana Vadetskaya.  Film Editing by Valeriya Belova.   Agony is what some audience members might be feeling should they be subjected to the…

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The Ascent (1977)

LARISA SHEPITKO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5 Original title:  Voskhozhdeniye USSR, 1977.  Trete Tvorcheskoe Obedinenie, Mosfilm.  Screenplay by Yuri Klepikov, Larisa Shepitko, based on the novel Sotnikov by Vasiliy Bykov.  Cinematography by Vladimir Chukhnov, Pavel Lebeshev.  Music by Alfred Shnitke.  Production Design by Yuriy Raksha.  Film Editing by Valeriya Belova.   A group of partisan soldiers struggle to survive the Russian cold during the…

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