• Rainbow (1944 film)

    Rainbow (1944 film)

    • Rainbow
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      Directed by Mark Donskoy
      Produced by Kievskaya Kinostudiya
      Written by Wanda Wasilewska
      Starring Nina Alisova
      Natalya Uzhviy
      Vera Ivashova
      Yelena Tyapkina
      Hans Klering
      Music by Lev Schwartz
      Cinematography Boris Monastyrsky
      Distributed by Artkino
      Release date
      • 1944 (1944)
      Running time
      93 minutes
      Country Soviet Union
      Language Russian

      Rainbow (Ukrainian: Веселка; translit. Veselka, Russian: Радуга; translit. Raduga), is a 1944 Soviet war film directed by Mark Donskoy and written by Wanda Wasilewska based on her novel,Tecza. The film depicts life in a German-occupied village in Ukraine at the beginning of World War II from the view point of the terrorized villagers.

      The German conquerors are above nothing, not even the slaughter of small children, to break the spirit of their Soviet captives. Suffering more than most is Olga (Nataliya Uzhviy), a Soviet partisan who returns to the village to bear her child, only to endure the cruelest of arbitrary tortures at the hands of the Nazis. Eventually, the villagers rise up against their oppressors-but unexpectedly do not wipe them out, electing instead to force the surviving Nazis to stand trial for their atrocities in a postwar "people's court." (It is also implied that those who collaborated with the Germans will be dealt with in the same evenhanded fashion).

      "Brilliantly acted by virtually everyone in the cast, Rainbow is a remarkable achievement, one that deserves to be better known outside of Russia." It has been described as the most powerful and effective of the Soviet propaganda films produced during the war. The film was recommended to President Franklin Roosevelt by the American ambassador in Moscow in early 1944. Roosevelt cabled Ambassador W. Averell Harriman in Moscow on March 14, 1944 with the message that he had viewed the film, and found it so "beautifully and dramatically presented that it required little translation." FDR stated that he hoped it could be shown to the American public.

      • 1944 (1944)
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