TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
- TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR
- (DVADTSAT DNEY BEZ VOYNY)
- 1977, Aleksei Guerman, USSR, 100 min.
- With Yuri Nikulin, Lyudmila Gurchenko
A war film in which, after the first scene, the battlefield is left behind, TWENTY DAYS is based on autobiographical stories by celebrated novelist Konstantin Simonov, who helped to revive Guerman’s stalled career out of admiration for the director’s long-banned TRIAL ON THE ROAD (see below). On furlough, Major Lopatin journeys to his hometown in Tashkent, where he visits the set of a movie being made (with comic inaccuracy) from his wartime writings and becomes romantically involved with a seamstress in the film’s wardrobe department. With its hero temporarily suspended between the worlds of war and peace, this is a film of mood and memory rather than momentous events; as Lopatin reflects in the opening scene, “What I remember now is the fog spread over the winter sea...Why does it come back to me now?” In Russian with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)