Proshu slova 1975
A story of a woman who was promoted from an ordinary worker to the mayor of a small town. When she assumes her new position, previously occupied by a man, Elizaveta Uvarova suppresses her female instincts without a second thought, and sacrifices her personal life for the sake of society. Goal-driven and self-confident, Elizaveta is determined to improve the lives of those around her. Despite her contrition and noble intentions, fate punishes her in the cruelest manner – it takes Elizaveta’s son away. However, the paradox of Elizaveta’s nature is such that even this great tragedy does not destroy her spirit and her desire to improve the society.

After a futile attempt to get permission from the officials to make a film about Joan of Arch, Panfilov and Churikova decide to satisfy the ministry’s request and make a film on a contemporary subject. However, while making a commissioned film, Panfilov manages to produce another personal creation. He turns the widely accepted dogmas upside-down by making a film about a woman who does not find herself but looses her identity in serving the state.

Director: Gleb Panfilov
Cast: Inna Churikova, Nikolay Gubenko, Ekaterina Volkova, Leonid Bronevoy, Vasiliy Shukshin
Country: Soviet Union
Genre: Drama

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:15:07 | 6.83 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, Francais

-- Presentation (12 min, in French, no subs)

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