In The Name Of Life

  • 1947
  • 1 HR 39 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

Three Soviet soldiers, tired of seeing death, pledge their lives to the medical profession after being discharged and, led by Kokriakov, they vow to find a cure for paralysis. A veteran of Moscow's Transport Workers Theater, Kokriakov does a fine job as the team leader, with good support from Kuznetsov and Zhakov. Unfortunately, the film is marred by realistic,...read more

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Three Soviet soldiers, tired of seeing death, pledge their lives to the medical profession after being discharged and, led by Kokriakov, they vow to find a cure for paralysis. A veteran of Moscow's Transport Workers Theater, Kokriakov does a fine job as the team leader, with good support

from Kuznetsov and Zhakov. Unfortunately, the film is marred by realistic, if not real, sequences of animal vivisection. Unless excellent special effects were employed, a rabbit is vivisected on camera. Standard Soviet propaganda is also edged in, blaming other scientists--including Edison and

Marconi--for stealing Soviet ideas. Nevertheless, the film is well made, with some fine camerawork and solid, straightforward direction. Don't miss the anti-American message; the Cold War was just beginning around 1947. Cherkassov, who has a minor role in this film, is known internationally for

his work in IVAN THE TERRIBLE and ALEXANDER NEVSKY. (In Russian; English subtitles.)

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