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Come and See (Idi i smotri)
A rare look at World War II from the Soviet side, Come and See is based on the real-life experiences of Ales Adamovich, who fought with Russian partisans in Belarus in 1943, when the Nazis systematically torched over 600 villages and slaughtered their inhabitants. Adamovich and director Elem Klimov co-authored the screenplay, which shows the horrors through the eyes of a 13-year-old peasant boy named Florya (Alexei Kravchenko). Over his single mother's protests, he joins the partisans, but they leave him behind in their camp when they set off to fight the Germans. Glascha (Olga Mironova),… More

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"I suppose that never forgetting has its place, but not when it insists on such narrowly righteous fantasies of revenge."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Scene for scene, Mr. Klimov proves a master of a sort of unreal realism that seeks to get at events terrible beyond comprehension."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"An unforgettable nightmarish vision of excessive violence and cruelty."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Or: Ivan Got His Gun"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A highly charged, emotionally exhausting indictment of war and the inhumanity of the Nazis, set in Byelorussia during the 1943 Nazi invasion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Come and See, the last and most notable film made by the former Soviet director Elem Klimov, is another fusion of popular and vanguard styles, albeit put to more civic-minded use."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Come and See sounds like an invitation to a child's game. Nothing could be further from the truth."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Every scene drives home its point, plainly, that man's inhumanity to man is incurable."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"One of the greatest films ever made, Elem Klimov's anti-war masterpiece is ironically named, as those with weak stomachs may want to steer clear."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"In Klimov's unshakable vision, death is casual, safety is impossible and beauty is backwards: this is peerlessly gorgeous filmmaking about absolute ugliness."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Perhaps the most terrifying, nightmarish film anyone has ever made about war."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"a helluva journey, told with with brutal bluntness and numbing, unflinching realism."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Stalingrad-born Elem Klimov's "Come and See" is a undiluted expression of cinematic poetry in the service of an unspeakably turbulent anti-war narrative about the 628 Byelorussian Villages burnt to the ground along with their inhabitants by the Nazis duri"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Occupying territory somewhere between Ivan's Childhood and Fateless, Come And See is an intimate epic in which all the promise of adolescence is perverted by war."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
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