Commissar [DVD] [1967]

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Special Features

  • 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
  • Languages
  • 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
    Nonna Mordyukova - Klavdia Vavilova
  • Rolan Bykov
    Rolan Bykov - Yefim Mahazannik
  • Image coming soon
    Raisa Nedashkovskaya - Maria
  • Image coming soon
    Lyudmila Volynskaya
  • Otar Koberidze
    Otar Koberidze
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