Invasion

Though Lithuanian-born helmer Abram Room is chiefly remembered for his silent film "Bed and Sofa," he enjoyed a long career in the talkie era. "Invasion," based on a war play, re-creates the psychological tension of those who lived under the German occupation and saw their lives turned upside down.

With:
With: V. Gremin, Olga Zhizneva, Oleg Zhakov, Lyudmila Glazova, Zinaida Morskaya, Lyudmila Shabalina, V. Valersky.

Though Lithuanian-born helmer Abram Room is chiefly remembered for his silent film “Bed and Sofa,” he enjoyed a long career in the talkie era. “Invasion,” based on a war play, re-creates the psychological tension of those who lived under the German occupation and saw their lives turned upside down.

A doctor finds his house confiscated by a strange character working for the Germans, while his daughter secretly fights with the Resistance. The most interesting thing is pic’s portrait of the angry son, who returns from prison half-crazy to become a hero in spite of himself. It raises the interesting question of how he became an enemy of the people in the first place (political crimes, perhaps?). Studio sets are mixed with realistic bombed-out buildings, and pic veers between realism and staginess. It was beloved by Soviet audiences of the time. The version shown in Locarno dates from 1968.

Invasion

Soviet Union -- 1945

Production: A Combined Studio (Alma-Ata) production. Directed by Abram Room. Co-director, Oleg Zhakov. Screenplay, Boris Chirskov, based on a play by Leonid Leonov.

Crew: Camera (B&W), Sergei Ivanov; music, Yuri Biryukov; art directors, Lev Milchin, L. Schildknecht. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Soviet retro), Aug. 9, 2000. Original title: Nashestviye. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: V. Gremin, Olga Zhizneva, Oleg Zhakov, Lyudmila Glazova, Zinaida Morskaya, Lyudmila Shabalina, V. Valersky.

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