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The Communist

Original title
Kommunist (The Communist)
Running time
115 min.
Soviet Union  (USSR) Soviet Union (USSR)
Yevgeni Gabrilovich
Rodion Shchedrin
Yu-Lan Chen, Aleksandr Shelenkov
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Synopsis / Plot
In 1919 workers arrive by train in the middle of the Taiga in order to construct a town. They fell trees and unload bricks from the train for that purpose. The newly arrived hero Vasilij is made chief of the depot, meets hostility and has to put down corruption. (In one scene he searches the the foreman and finds a few nails hidden in his pocket.) Vasilij shares a cabin with other workers and a couple who sleep in a corner of the room behind a curtain. He falls in love with the woman and secretly meets her and makes her pregnant. Counter-revolutionaries (so I guess) try to prevent the building of the town, but Vasilij persists in felling more trees and by his example gets the other workers to join him. His relationship with the woman is discovered and the woman is beaten, bound and imprisoned. Vasilij rescues her, she flees to a beautiful modern clinic and gives birth. The counter-revolutionairies set the town on fire and kill Vasilij who meats a very heroic death in the mud. At his funeral the village kommissar holds a speech. The woman's husband tries to win her back, but she refuses.
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