World War from a non-hollywood perpecstive

“Battle for Sevastopol ” is a film about the life of legendary sniper rifleman Lyudmila Pavlichenko. I wrote more about her and life and will share it to you in the near future.

Many years ago, Americans made a movie about the Second World War entitled “Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad”, and based on the biography of Russian National Hero Vasily Grigoryevich Zaytsev, who was the famous sniper rifle of the Red Army and also named  Hero of the Soviet Union. This film is also very good, but Russians do not like and criticize that American filmmakers made it too American and bulit the character Vasily Zaytsev completely different from reality that he did not have any “Russian personality” at all.

Battle for Sevastopol is another Russian-Ukrainian collaboration film, produced by Russians and Ukrainians, portrays the character of a Soviet legend. The film incorporated several “market” elements into the film to make it appealing to audiences, like love and relationships and even sex.
But it was these extra touches that made the film even more authentic – the character Lyudmila Pavlichenko was not a murderous machine that was imbued with a noble ideals but a normal young girl. She had loved, also dreamed about family, of being a mother like how many other women. But the brutal war broke out, and it robbed all of her, from her normal, peaceful life to her comrades and her loved ones. This pain caused Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s heart a deep hatred against the Nazis, and it was from this pain that the Lady of Death was born.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko also mentioned the famous writer and journalist Ilya Ehrenburg: “Patriotism is the beginning of loving the most trivial. Love the tree in front of the house, love the little street to the river, sweet and sour taste of autumn pears or prairie season with strong spirit. War made every Soviet citizen realize the splendor of his hometown. “

The scenes in the movie are beautiful and so touching. From the serenity of the park, the beach around the city of Odessa, the intimate feast of a family of Soviet intellectuals, and the fierce scene stretches from field to field – The mudslides, the soldiers fell with blood flowing to the motherland, or the harsh scenes of the sniper sniper, and the magnificent scene when the train evacuated to Sevastopol air force My favorite part is the movie (sorry for exposing the film content) when Lyudmila Pavlichenko and her teammate, also her lover, walked in the purple flower field and fell into the hole. Ambushes, firecrackers chasing them in the fields, and Lyudmila Pavlichenko’s lover image of his lover Carry for her and sacrifice. A picturesque scene.

There are also some touching details in the movie. A girl rushed to the fire to help her wounded companion, and dragged him into a pit excavated by artillery shells. In the pit there was a seriously wounded Nazi soldier, who pointed his gun at the two Soviet soldiers. The girl was scared, but still told the Nazi soldiers, and then bandaged him. It must be said that the filmmakers are extremely delicate and profound when filtering the details of humanity in the brutal war, and put into the film.
We know of Soviet cinema with classics like “Seventeen Spring Moments”, “Moscow does not believe in tears,” “Come see it,” or be more cheerful, “Wait! “… Inheriting the glory of Soviet cinema, Russian cinema and some former Soviet countries still have such excellent works as” Brest Fortress “, or as cheerful as the” Komshit ” – Kitchen”…

And like every movie, Battle for Sevastopol has its own behind the scenes story. Battle for Sevastopol was filmed in Sevastopol in November and December 2013, when the Ukrainian Maidan events in Kiev took place in Ukraine. “I think we are not allowed to stop filming, no matter what happened,” director Sergey Mokritsky recalls, “The quicker the better, because you don’t really what was going to happen next and everything could go in a worse direction.”.

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