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Trial on the Road

Проверка на дорогах

1971 / Russia / 96 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Aleksey German
Screenwriter(s) - Yuryi German, Eduard Volodarskyi
Actors -

Rolan Bykov, Anatolyi Solonitsyn, Vladimir Zamanskyi, Oleg Borisov, Fyodor Odinokov, Anda Zaice, Gennadyi Dyudyayev

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Cinematographer - B. Aleksandrovskyi, Lev Kolganov, Yakov Sklyansky
Editor(s) - Anna Babushkina
Composer(s) - Isaak Shvarts
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Dialogues - Russian, German
Subtitles - Lithuanian
Inspired by a real case documented by German’s father, "Trial on the Road" tells the story of a sergeant in the Red Army during World War II who has defected to the Nazis and, as the film begins, switches sides yet again. His loyalties questioned by all except for a benevolent commander, the soldier is forced to prove his patriotism via a series of increasingly perilous missions. The visual flourishes of "Trial on the Road’s" battle scenes even attracted the notice of some in Hollywood, but Guerman himself remains proudest of such innovative touches as actors who gaze directly into the camera. For daring to question the orthodoxy that World War II was a heroic struggle free of ironies and ambiguities, the film was shelved for fifteen years.

About Directors

Aleksey German (Russia)


"The Seventh Companion" (1968), "Trial on the Road" (1971, "Kino pavasaris"), "Twenty Days Without War" (1976, "Kino pavasaris"), "My Friend Ivan Lapshin" (1984, "Kino pavasaris"), "Khrustalyov, My Car!" (1998, "Kino pavasaris"), "Hard to be a God" (2013, "Kino pavasaris").