Come and See (1985): Klimov's Intimate Epic

  title={Come and See (1985): Klimov's Intimate Epic},
  author={L. Michaels},
  journal={Quarterly Review of Film and Video},
  pages={212 - 218}
  • L. Michaels
  • Published 16 April 2008
  • Art
  • Quarterly Review of Film and Video
Two decades after its release in the west, Elem Klimov’s Come and See remains, along with Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance (1987), a landmark of epic filmmaking during the last years of the Soviet Union. The emotional impact of Come and See can be overwhelming. Nicholas Galichenko has described it as “more than a realistic film. It is a patriotic, holy shrine” (78). Klimov deploys an array of cinematic techniques—most prominently close-ups, moving camera, and sound track—to memorialize both the… Expand
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