SUNDAY FILM: RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR (1): 'THE DAWNS HERE ARE QUIET'

Throughout May, Pushkin House screens a series of classic war films from or about Russia on Sunday afternoons, running in parallel with our Spring exhibition, ‘James Hill: Russian Veterans’, to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.  As elsewhere in Europe, the genre changed in its tone and approach through the decades that followed.

The Dawns Here Are Quiet 

А зори здесь тихие

1972, dir. by Stanislav Rostotsky, after the novel by Boris Vasilyev, 110 minutes. In Russian with English subtitles.

It’s May 1942 on a remote artillery base.  Tired of drunken, womanizing soldiers, Senior Sergeant Vaskov is handed an unlikely - and unwanted - solution in the form of an all-female regiment, fresh from training.  As they adjust to life in combat – and Vaskov adjusts to them - we glimpse, through flashbacks, their civilian and domestic pasts.

Nominated for ‘Best Foreign Language’ Oscar 1972

Free screening: no booking required; seats are limited and are provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

RETHINKING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, SUNDAY SERIES

10th May: The Dawns Here are Quiet (1972)

17th May: The Fall of Berlin (1950)

24th May: The Demi-Paradise (1943)

31st May: The Ascent (1977)