FATHER OF A SOLDIER:
In this war drama set towards the end of the Great Patriotic War (WWII), a Georgian farmer embarks upon a dangerous journy to find his son. His travails begin after he learns that his boy, a soldier recently wounded in battle, is recuperating in the hospital. The farmer sets off to see him. This man has an abiding love and respect for the beauty of the land. As he journeys, he is appalled at the destruction which surrounds him. Once lush and beautiful, the bombed-out land has become deeply scarred and barren. He arrives at the hospital, only to discover that his son has been sent back to his tank unit. The dogged farmer than sets off to find it. He soon finds himself in the midst of a battle. This leads him to join the Soviet arm. (87 mins.; in English and in very good quality).
ENTHUSIASM: THE DONBASS SYMPHONY (1930):
Put out in 1930, this not-so-ordinary, Soviet propaganda film chronicles the achievements and exploitations of the mining and industrial workers in the eastern Ukraine. The films mocks the former bourgeois lifestyle of the Donbass' inhabitants, as well as their slavish subservience to religion and superstition. The linking of religion and public intoxication with the oppression of the Czarist and bourgeois society is mirrored with the destruction of the orthodox church and the reorganization of the workers in the revolutionary USSR. It might sound overbearing and boring; but the film is anything but. And while subtitles are not available, one need not speak Russian to understand what is going on ... nor to miss the point of the film, which, at times, may be rather offensive to traditional, western social ideals. (65 mins., in Russian and in very good quality).
DVD-R HAS A TOTAL RUNNING TIME OF 152 MINUTES. OVERALL QUALITY VERY GOOD.
REGION FREE -- WILL PLAY IN ANY DVD PLAYER.
PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW. IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):