Larisa Shepitko

The Ascent

The Ascent

The crowning triumph of a career cut tragically short, Larisa Shepitko’s final film won the Golden Bear at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival and went on to be hailed as one of the finest works of late-Soviet cinema. In the darkest days of World War II, two partisans set out for supplies to sustain their beleaguered outfit, braving the blizzard-swept landscape of Nazi-occupied Belarus. When they fall into the hands of German forces and come face-to-face with death, each must choose between martyrdom and betrayal, in a spiritual ordeal that lifts the film’s earthy drama to the plane of religious allegory. With stark, visceral cinematography that pits blinding white snow against pitch-black despair, The Ascent finds poetry and transcendence in the harrowing trials of war.

Film Info

  • Larisa Shepitko
  • Soviet Union
  • 1977
  • 109 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #1063

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New selected-scene commentary featuring film scholar Daniel Bird
  • New video introduction by Anton Klimov, son of director Larisa Shepitko and filmmaker Elem Klimov
  • New interview with actor Lyudmila Polyakova
  • The Homeland of Electricity, a 1967 short film by Shepitko
  • Larisa, a 1980 short film tribute to his late wife by Klimov
  • Two documentaries from 2012 about Shepitko’s life, work, and relationship with Klimov
  • Program from 1999 featuring an interview with Shepitko
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by poet Fanny Howe

    New cover by Century.Studio

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jan 26, 2021

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko

Eclipse 11: Larisa Shepitko

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$23.96

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New selected-scene commentary featuring film scholar Daniel Bird
  • New video introduction by Anton Klimov, son of director Larisa Shepitko and filmmaker Elem Klimov
  • New interview with actor Lyudmila Polyakova
  • The Homeland of Electricity, a 1967 short film by Shepitko
  • Larisa, a 1980 short film tribute to his late wife by Klimov
  • Two documentaries from 2012 about Shepitko’s life, work, and relationship with Klimov
  • Program from 1999 featuring an interview with Shepitko
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by poet Fanny Howe

    New cover by Century.Studio
The Ascent
Cast
Boris Plotnikov
Sotnikov
Vladimir Gostyukhin
Rybak
Sergei Yakovlev
Village elder
Lyudmila Polyakova
Demchika
Victoria Goldentul
Basya
Anatoly Solonitsyn
Portnov
Nikolay Sektimenko
Stas
Credits
Director
Larisa Shepitko
Producer
Larisa Shepitko
Screenplay
Larisa Shepitko
Screenplay
Yuri Klepikov
Based on the novel by
Vasil Bykov
Cinematography
Vladimir Chukhnov
Cinematography
Pavel Lebeshev
Art director
Yuri Raksha
Editing
V. Belova
Music
Alfred Schnittke

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From the Eclipse Shelf: The Ascent
From the Eclipse Shelf: The Ascent
We spread the word about Larisa Shepitko, one of the true visionaries of Soviet cinema, when we released two of her incredible films in 2008, but she remains an under-the-radar figure for most movie lovers. By 1979, when she was tragically killed…