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[–]GarbageDay23 72 points73 points  (12 children)

This is an amazing film that will ruin your day

[–]CUonADarkNight 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Today I woke up to an incoming missile crisis and have bookended it by re-watching Come And See. I have to say it is a surprisingly life-affirming note to end this particular absurd day. It is good to be alive.

[–]OMGSPACERUSSIA 20 points21 points  (8 children)

It's also a nice way to confront and utterly smash the 'clean Wehrmacht' myth.

[–]alex666santos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love how it ends with the fascists trying to eat each other. Pretty accurate IMO.

[–]carl_pagan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Except that the Germans in the movie were SS not Wehrmacht. Not to say they didn't also commit war crimes.

[–]HauldOnASecond 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're absolutely correct.

[–]boring_oneliner 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Relax. It's a movie. That's not real footage.

Pacific Rim is not a good way to confront and smash the myth that the government is hiding the Kaju threat from us.

[–]LadyCommunist 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Well yeah lol, it's not real footage, but those massacres did happen and in that way too. Hundreds of villages were torched, the people murdered. It's quite accurate for a movie

[–]DictatorStan 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yeah.... but you're also disregarding tonal differences between a brutal war film directed by a man who lived through WWII in the USSR, and a movie directed by a jovial fat Spaniard who likes godzilla.

I'd hate to live in a world where art can't represent real life events and evoke emotion.

[–]CephalopodRed 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He´s Mexican.

[–]LoneReaper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Even your life probably.

[–]TadKosciuszko 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Most Soviet Films are on You Tube just for y'all's information. Not all of them have English subs but most of the really good ones do. I highly recommend Cranes are Flying (1957) in addition to this film.

[–]GetToSreppin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Cranes Are Flying is brilliant. It won the palme, and features absolutely spectacular cinematography. So much emotion.

[–]CephalopodRed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mikhail Kalatozov is a fantastic director, I highly recommend watching his whole filmography.

[–]wilhelmAHHH 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Also one of Roger Ebert's "Great Movies." Interesting timing as I just came across this film and was deciding whether or not to see it. I definitely will now.

[–]JoeyJoJoPesci 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fun fact, Saving Private Ryan filmmaking style was based of Come & See.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely worth a watch. The film's got a lot of surrealistic moments but it's not too 'out there'.

I found out about the movie from Ebert, myself.

[–]Untunchilamanon 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Staggering film.

Can't watch it much though. It's spectacularly grim in every way.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah. The first time I watched it was a couple years ago and I only recently re-watched it.

[–]Ymir_from_Venus 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Great film. It's also on FilmStruck with higher video quality.

[–]huntersburroughs 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Amazing film, but you might need to be in the right mindset to watch it. It's a hard punch to the gut.

[–]Buckhum 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The whistle girl....

It's been 4 years and I still can't really forget that sound.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great way of putting it. It sucks because I feel like this movie is criminally underseen, but at the same time it's really not the kind of movie you just casually watch.

[–]CephalopodRed 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A masterpiece, without a doubt. Elem Klimov´s wife, Larisa Shepitko, directed The Ascent, which is another excellent war movie.

[–]PeterParkerPizzaTime 6 points7 points  (0 children)

One of the most horrifying and exasperating films I've sat through. It's brilliant.

[–]Maat-Re 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Seen this movie three times, probably the most accurate representation of the Nazi atrocities during their advance through Eastern Europe. Unbelievably visceral (I think they used real bullets in certain sequences). If I recall correctly, the main actor, who was young teenager at the time, went grey during production due to its intensity. Everybody should see this film, but understand it is very confronting.

[–]IhateAngryBirds 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Probably the best movie I'll never watch again...

[–]Insertusernamehere5 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Isn’t this the film were they used actual guns with live ammunition instead of props?

[–]BristolShambler 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, and in one scene they straight up mow down a cow with a machine gun. It's not one for animal lovers.

Incredible film, though

[–]CephalopodRed 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They did.

[–]BriennesBitch 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This film took its toll more than anything I’ve seen, I’m not exactly sure why, would take a second watch.

I’ve seen more shocking though, I think it’s the sound and his face’s progression as it goes on.

[–]atayls 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely not for the faint of heart.

A brilliant movie, and horrifying glimpse into WW2 in Russia.

[–]harlotstoast 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Saw it one night on tv, was blown away. I'll never forget that slender loris.

[–]josefpunktk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Really difficult to recommend to watch that movie - if you are an empathic person it will traumatise you for sure. Not safe for life and such. But maybe the best movie to capture the surreal, absurd and pointless thing we cal war.

[–]nightfishin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cant wait for the restoration in Bluray, one of my favorite films ever.

[–]Heawesome 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It is easily one of the best films I have ever seen. It is not a classical war film where you follow a squad of soldiers as one would expect, but is a film which shows the horrors of the Nazi invasion of eastern Europe. It is like no other film I have ever seen, but don't watch it if you are in the mood for some easy relaxation.

[–]stracki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That final long take into the forest is so disturbing and tragic. One of the most impressive films, I've ever seen. That poor boy lived through hell and aged decades within weeks.

[–]lanternsinthesky 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Watched this move for the first time a couple of months ago and I was honestly blown away, it is definitely one of the best war movies I've ever head the "pleasure" of watching. It is definitely not an uplifting or easy to watch movie though, so you should go into it knowing it is going to be a harsh and depressing viewing experience... but it is going to be worth it.

[–]spacednlost 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Highly recommend this. It's hypnotizing. Also Europa Europa(1990), if you can find it.

[–]PourJarsInReservoirs[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There would be no SAVING PRIVATE RYAN opening scene without this influence. Amazing film. Original working title I think was KILL HITLER.

[–]rorschachsdiary 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ugh, they had a little blurb of this movie on The History of Film, it looks terrifying.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's an uncompromisingly bleak movie. It's really hard to distance yourself as a viewer because in the back of your head, you know that this stuff actually happened. But it's brilliant.

[–]TeeNguyen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I love every part of the ending: the confrontation of betrayal and ideological adherence, and then when the boy fires his rifle for the first time.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah. That whole ending sequence, especially when the Mozart starts playing as the partisans go into the forest, is amazing cinema.

[–]JoeyJoJoPesci 3 points4 points  (12 children)

I can not believe there has never been a DVD or blu-ray made.

This was like one of the highest grossing films in Eastern Europe. Doesn't that at least deserve a transfer of some kind to be released.

[–]johnny_johnny_johnny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Got it on DVD from Netflix about 6 or 7 years ago

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

It's really not a terribly well known film in the West, which is a shame in my opinion. I didn't know that it's never been on DVD though, somebody should probably get on that.

[–]CephalopodRed 5 points6 points  (1 child)

It is fairly well-known. It is even on the IMDb Top 250, after all.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'd say it's well known among cinephiles, but not the broader population. Even relative to most films on that list it doesn't get too much attention in terms of volume, with about 30,000 ratings. Most films on that list are into six figures at least

[–]FracturedButWh0le 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was released in Japan on Bluray. You can find it on the less savory parts of the internet....

[–]NoBudgetFilmmaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s available on DVD here in Sweden. Got it on double disc.

[–]FracturedButWh0le 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have it on BluRay (digital).

[–]TheRingshifter 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I mean it would be unbelievable if there hadn't been... but there have been many DVDs and Blu-rays of this film.

[–]JoeyJoJoPesci 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Any links to the blu-ray? I remember searching for it awhile ago & couldn't find anything on it.

[–]TheRingshifter 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It's a Japanese release: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Come-and-See-Blu-ray/159069/

There are like 5 DVDs.

To be fair though, it's just the Japanese Blu-ray ATM, and it was pretty recent. I've heard it's not that great as well (still better than the DVD).

[–]JoeyJoJoPesci 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the link!

[–]ChemicalAli 1 point2 points  (1 child)

1985, not ‘81

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I edited it in to the description when I realized the mistake

[–]polltard 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Never had the stomach for it. Will try.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's a gruelling watch, for sure. But in my opinion, that's the whole point-and that's what really makes it so great.

Probably not the best choice for a date movie, though

[–]polltard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just watched half of Hotel Terminus with the wife last night so maybe

[–]BulletTo_oth -1 points0 points  (2 children)

I'm probably in the minority but I couldn't get into it. It's just such an assault on the senses. Maybe I wasn't in the right mindset at the time.

[–]searchfornirvana[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

An assault on the senses is a great way to describe it. I'd recommend giving it another shot if you've got some time to kill, my second watching was better than my first.

[–]Armand9x 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Like war.

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