Cinémathèque Internationale of Philadelphia Presents: "Come and See" by Rainer Elem Klimov

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
L'Etage 624 S 6th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
United States

On May 6, Cinémathèque presents Elem Klimov's Come and See (1984). A crowning achievement of 1980′s Soviet cinema, Elem Klimov’s Come And See is perhaps the ultimate WW II film. When young Florya willingly joins a group of Partisans fighting the Nazis in Byelorussia, U.S.S.R., he little suspects that he is plunging through the looking glass. Separated from his comrades during a paratroop attack and struck deaf by German artillery, Florya – in the company of Glascha, a beguiling peasant girl – wanders a battle-scorched Russian purgatory of prehistoric forests and man-made slaughter. Florya’s journey takes him and us through a gallery of exquisitely poetic imagery and brutal human atrocity.

This savage and lyrical fever dream of death, rage and terror experienced through young eyes is a virtual primer for the subsequent, similarly psychedelic intensity of Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line and Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. Klimov’s elegant, harrowing union of unflinching ferocity and dreamlike clarity moved Empire Of The Sun author J. G. Ballard to declare Come And See the greatest war film ever made. Time Out New York agreed, saying “Come And See‘s nimble balance of the sordid with the elegiac makes Peckinpah’s Cross Of Iron seem like Newsies.”

Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion led by Mikhail Zorich.

Cinémathèque is a foreign film series curated by an independent media arts collective. These intimate screenings take place in designated venues within Center City Philadelphia with the intention of expanding the discussion surrounding international film language.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Films begins at 7:00pm. Discussion following each film. $10.00 General Admission. $5.00 for Students and Artists

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