Artikelnummer 5484

THE NAIL IN THE BOOT (1931) * with switchable English subtitles *

Mikhail Kalatozov Writer: Leonid Perelman Stars: Aleksandre Jaliashvili, Siko Palavandishvili, Akaki Khorava

Banned in the Soviet Union for its “negative” content and never released, Kalatozov was forced to retreat from filmmaking for seven years because of this film. The film sets out to illustrate the old adage, “For want of a nail, the battle was lost,” showing how the inferior quality of something so trivial as a nail in a soldier’s boot leads inexorbly to the capture of an armored train. Kalatozov had intended to demonstrate the crucial and universal importance of efficiency in Soviet industry, but the generals decided that his fable gave a negative impression of the Red Army’s capabilities.

DVD-R has Russian intertitles and switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 64 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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