Mark DONSKOY
Марк ДОНСКОЙ
Marc DONSKOI
USSR, 1945, 94mn 
Black and white, fiction
Nepokorennye
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 The Undaunted

 Les Insoumis / Les Indomptés

 
Directed by : Mark DONSKOY (Марк ДОНСКОЙ)
Writing credits : Mark DONSKOY (Марк ДОНСКОЙ), Boris GORBATOV (Борис ГОРБАТОВ)
Based ona Boris Gorbatov's novel
 
Cast
Amvrosi BUCHMA (Амвросий БУЧМА) ...Taras
G. DOLGOV (Г. ДОЛГОВ) ...Petouchkov
Anton DUNAISKY (Антон ДУНАЙСКИЙ) ...Panas
Dmitry KAPKA (Дмитрий КАПКА) ...le forgeron Zoubatov
Lidia KARTACHOVA (Лидия КАРТАШЕВА) ...Efrosinia
Viktor KHALATOV (Виктор ХАЛАТОВ) ...le commandant allemand
Gans KLERING (Ганс КЛЕРИНГ) ...un lieutenant allemand
Ivan KONONENKO (Иван КОНОНЕНКО) ...Maxime
Luda LIZENGEVICH (Люда ЛИЗЕНГЕВИЧ) ...la petite-fille du docteur Aron Davidovitch
Yevgeni PONOMARENKO (Евгений ПОНОМАРЕНКО) ...Andreï
Daniil SAGAL (Даниил САГАЛ) ...Stepan Yatsenko
M. SAMOSVAT (М. САМОСВАТ) ...Antonina
V. SLAVINA (В. СЛАВИНА) ...Nastia
Samuil STOLLERMAN (Самуил СТОЛЛЕРМАН) ...l’artiste
Mikhail TROYANOVSKY (Михаил ТРОЯНОВСКИЙ) ...Nazare
Aleksey VATULIA (Алексей ВАТУЛЯ) ...Ignat
Mikhail VYSOTSKY (Михаил ВЫСОЦКИЙ) ...l'ingénieur allemand
Yunona YAKOVCHENKO (Юнона ЯКОВЧЕНКО) ...Mariïka
Vadim ZAKURENKO (Вадим ЗАКУРЕНКО) ...Lionka
Nikolay ZIMOVETS (Николай ЗИМОВЕЦ) ...Vassiliok
Veniamin ZUSKIN (Вениамин ЗУСКИН) ...le docteur Aron Davidovitch
 
Cinematography : Boris MONASTYRSKY (Борис МОНАСТЫРСКИЙ)
Production design : Moritz UMANSKY (Мориц УМАНСКИЙ)
Music : Lev SCHWARTZ (Лев ШВАРЦ)
Sound : Aleksandr BABY (Александр БАБИЙ)
Companies : Studio Dovzhenko
 

Awards :
International Critics Award Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 1946

Plot synopsis
Russian filmmaker Mark Donskoi, of "The Gorky Trilogy" fame, was responsible for the postwar Soviet drama The Taras Family (originally Nepokorenniye, and also released as Unvanquished and Unconquered). A semi-sequel to Donskoi's Raduga (1944), the story is set in Nazi-occupied Kiev. The drama focusses on the travails of a typical Soviet family and on the efforts by the Germans to force the reopening of a local munitions factory. The film is at its most grimly effective in a long sequence wherein the Nazis conduct a search for Jewish escapees, culminating in a horribly graphic re-creation of the slaughter of the Jews at Babi Yar. While Donskoi was critically lambasted for his cinematic "sloppyiness" during this sequence (hand-held camera, rapid cuts etc.), it can now be seen that he was attempting a realistic, documentarylike interpretation of this infamous Nazi atrocity.
Hal Erickson, www.allmovie.com
 

commentaries
Les Insoumis (1945) ou comment un roman soviétique est devenu un film juif, OLGA GERSHENSON, Kinojudaica. Les Représentations des Juifs dans le Cinéma de Russie et d’Union Soviétique des Années 1910 aux Années 1980. Ed. Pozner and N. Laurent. Paris: Nouveau Monde Éditions., 2012
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : première partie, Paris (France), 2017
- Filmer la guerre. Les soviétiques face à la Shoah, Paris (France), 2015
- Festival "Polka. liberated cinema", Moscow (Russia), 2011
- Kinojudaica in the Cinémathèque suisse, Lausanne (Switzerland), 2011
- Kinojudaïca at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, Paris (France), 2009
- Gels et dégels, une autre histoire du cinéma soviétique (1926-1968), Paris (France), 2002
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 1946

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