One of the best war movies of WW2. Some (i.e. House Committee on Unamerican Activities) condemned the movie as pro-Soviet propaganda. But one must remember that in 1943 the Soviets were our allie and there was a concerted effort by our own government to show the Soviet plight in a sympathetic plight so the public would go along with lend lease. Even American school children were sending care packages to the children of the Soviet Union. One must remember too that the mass of the Soviet people were the victims of Nazi aggression. And it was not known until after the war that great numbers of the Soviet people resented their own masters and formed gorrilla groups independent of Soviet gorrilla groups to fight the Nazis. One has to assume that, given the threat of the Nazi onslautht, most Soviet citizens felt exactly as the villiagers in the movie felt. There is certainly no doubt that tens of millions of Soviet citizens faught, died, and laboured to defeat the Nazis and defend the Motherland and they did it the direction of their Communist leaders. Whatever one thinks it was a great movie.
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