Trial on the Road (1971)
Now that the
Soviet Union is history, there are those who miss it. Filmmakers in particular
benefited from state sponsorship, though censorship made things a bit tricky.
The Harvard Film Archive features one of the great directors of that period in
the retrospective History Through The
Wrong End Of The Telescope: The Films Of Aleksei Guerman. Guerman struggled
with the system, finishing only five features in 40 years. One of the best, Trial on the Road (1971), is a
remorselessly realistic and un-heroic account of a Red Army soldier during
World War II who had trouble keeping his loyalties straight. Guerman finished
the film with no problems; too bad nobody was allowed to see it for 15 years. It screens in the Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St, Cambridge | Friday. June 22 @ 7 pm | $9; $7
students; seniors | 617.495.4700 or hcl.harvard.edu/hfa.