- SKU: 15439198
- Release Date: 03/06/2007
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- Director Aleksandr Askoldov and the controversy over Commissar archival interviews, Askoldov biography, documents, letters
- Video interview with Actress Raisa Nedashkovskaya
- A film press announcement
- Three video stills galleries
- Cast / Crew filmographies
- Biography of Vasili Grossman
- Spoken: Original Russian (Mono), Original Russian (DTS), Original Russian (5.1),
- English voice over (5.1), French Voice Over (5.1)
- Optional subtitles: Russian, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
The Commissar of the title, played by Nonna Mordyukova, is a Soviet functionary wielding power over a remote Jewish village. Neither she nor the villagers care for the status quo, but over a period of several weeks both come to accept the situation and to establish a detente. The film's pro-Semitism was not entirely in keeping with Soviet policy of the 1960s, thus the film was shelved and hidden from the general public. Only with the thawing of East-West relationships, and the political upheaval in Russia itself, was The Commissar deemed "safe" for general consumption. The film was finally distributed in 1988, twenty years after its completion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Nonna Mordyukova - Klavdia Vavilova
- Rolan Bykov - Yefim Mahazannik
- Raisa Nedashkovskaya - Maria
- Lyudmila Volynskaya
- Otar Koberidze