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"Come and See" (1981), widely considered one of the greatest war films ever, is available for viewing with ENG subtitles on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDq9fL--Avw&t=4s- PART ONE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYIaDYRipoM -PART TWO

Honestly one of the most brutal and affecting films I have ever seen. "Come and See", directed by Elem Klimov, tells the story of a young boy who joins a group of Soviet partisans on the Eastern Front of WW2, specifically in Belarus, 1943.

Its treatment of war from the perspective of powerless bystanders is both harrowing and haunting. The cinematography and the use of surrealist elements in this movie still hold up beautifully. Perhaps most importantly, the message this film bears is enduringly relevant. If you've got a couple of hours to kill, and don't mind reading dialogue, I strongly suggest that you watch it. You will not regret it.

EDIT: Come and See was released in 1985, not 1981, my mistake

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This is an amazing film that will ruin your day

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.

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

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

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

You're absolutely correct.

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.

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

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.

He´s Mexican.

Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Too true.

Even your life probably.

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.

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

3 points · 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

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

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.

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

Original Poster6 points · 5 months ago

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.

Staggering film.

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

Original Poster5 points · 5 months ago

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

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

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Or to have a functional interface, or to release the console apps they promised over a year ago, or for them to tell people what the hell is going on.

Best streaming catalog in the world IMO, and it's locked behind what's easily the worst website and UI.

The Roku app is pretty good. What device are you using?

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

The whistle girl....

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

Original Poster4 points · 5 months ago

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

They did.

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.

5 points · 5 months ago

Absolutely not for the faint of heart.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Original Poster3 points · 5 months ago

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

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

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.

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

Original Poster3 points · 5 months ago

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.

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

Original Poster8 points · 5 months ago

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

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

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

I have it on BluRay (digital).

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

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

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).

Thanks for the link!

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

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

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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.

Just watched this. My girlfriend kept moaning throughout so I had to finish alone. Not for the weak hearted ☝🏻

1985, not ‘81

Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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

This is one of those films that'll change your perspective on all of humanity forever. I saw this film right after reading Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five", which made it that much more visceral and horrifying. "Come and See" is truly a life-changing work of art, but I don't recommend watching it; it's way too gut-wrenching for the screen, especially if you watch it in a movie theater like I did.

Never had the stomach for it. Will try.

Original Poster4 points · 5 months ago

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

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

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.

Original Poster12 points · 5 months ago

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.

Like war.

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How exactly is it Russian propaganda? In what way?

What exactly propaganda in this movie?

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Original Poster1 point · 5 months ago

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