TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR (Aleksei Gherman, 1981)

Following his coverage of the Battle of Stalingrad, a war correspondent and author, suggestive of Konstantin Simonov (who wrote the script, incidentally, from his own story and bookendedly narrates offscreen), is granted a leave of twenty days to go to Tashkent, Uzbek, an official evacuation center, to advise the production of a morale-boosting film based […]

THE CONFRONTATION (Miklós Jancsó, 1968)

Responding to former-Allied reaction to the swift postwar Communist takeover of other east European countries, including Poland and Czechoslovakia, Soviet leader Stalin pressed for a “gradualist” approach in Hungary relying on leftist coalitions, including the nation’s Communist Party, in Hungarian elections. At the same time, the Soviet Union controlled the Hungarian police. Fényes szelek, alternatively […]