Russian Film 3460Professor Maria IgnatievaResearch Paper28 April 2020Come and See: War Brought to LifeThe Russian filmCome and See(1985), directed by Elem Klimov,chronicles thedestruction of the Byelorussian people and their land by the Nazi invaders in 1943 and paystribute to the strength and resilience of the Russian peasants who stood fast, determined tosurvive in the face of genocide. The main character,Florya, tells the story of a young boy fromBelarus, Russia who joins the partisan army (Red Army) eager to join the war effort and his longhard struggle against the brutal and relentless Nazi army. InCome and See, the Nazis are notenemies to be vanquished, but a monstrous and inhuman presence, as they were to the vastmajority of their victims, including the untold millions who weresystematically murdered in theHolocaust. Through terror, death, cinematic technique and physiological deterioration, theaudience memorializes the effects that war had on the Byelorussian people and their land.Based during World War II or the Great Patriotic War,Come and Seecan be classified asa war film, historical-fiction, psychological thriller or historical-drama. Regardless of what thefilms audience classifies the films genre as, they all take home the same message—theruthlessness, savagery, and evil that war brings. The audience lives the nightmare and horror thatthe soldiers and civilians face against the Nazi army. Director Elem Klimov uses an array ofcinematic techniques—close-ups, moving camera, silence, and soundtrack—to memorialize thesufferings and struggles of his characters that the war brings them.
Director and Russian film maker Elem Klimov (1933-2003) was born in Stalingrad (nowVolgograd) on July, 9th1933. His was raised communist by his staunch parents (Beumers).During the Battle of Stalingrad, he and his family were forced to evacuate their home and crossthe Volga River on a makeshift raft under constant bombardment. It was a harrowing experiencethat engraved his depiction of warfare. Perhaps this is whyCome and Seeis some of Klimov’sbest work having experienced war himself. In 1957, Klimov graduated from the Higher Instituteof Aviation in Moscow. He considered a career in journalism before settling on cinema. Heenrolled at the state film school, the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, where he studiedunder acclaimed directorEfim Dzigan. While a student at the institute, Klimov metLarisaShepitko, whom he would later marry. His most famous filmsRasputin(1975),Adventures of aDentist(1967), and of courseCome and See(1985) brought Klimov to the film spotlight(Beumers). Klimov married Larisa Sheptiko—also a film maker—whowas preparing her ownjaw-dropping World War II film,The Ascent(1976), based on a novel by Belorussian writer VasilBykov, when Klimov and Adamovich were trying to launchCome and See, but was tragicallykilled in a car accident en route to a film location in 1979 (Sragow). Klimov continued his wife’swork and made one of the best known antiwar films in cinematic history—Come and See. In its