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Two stunning films, Wings and The Ascent, by a talent cut short. Really striking work that we highly recommend!
"The career of Larisa Shepitko, an icon of sixties and seventies Soviet cinema, was tragically cut short when she was killed in a car crash at age forty, just as she was emerging on the international scene. The body of work she left behind, though small, is masterful, and her genius for visually evoking characters’ interior worlds is never more striking than in her two greatest works: Wings, an intimate yet exhilarating portrait of a female fighter pilot turned provincial headmistress, and The Ascent, a gripping, tragic wartime parable of betrayal and martyrdom. A true artist who had deftly used the Soviet film industry to make statements both personal and universal, Shepitko remains one of the greatest unsung filmmakers of all time.
DVD, 2 discs, Eclipse Series, 1.33:1 aspect ratio, in Russian with English subtitles, region 1 (North America)
Makes a great gift with the Little Otsu Film Diary!