Timeless and sublime masterpiece of film making. Ignore the critique below which pans this movie. To borrow from the bible, "Forgive them lord for they know not..." I suspect the problem lies in the "hero" mentality of American war films which are filled with blood, guts and glory and a sense of righteousness. I would recommend some research into soviet made films particularly regards WWII. There are more treasures out there.
This movie's title is derived from The Bible's New Testament. It is from Chapter 6 in the Book of Revelation (aka The Apocalypse of John aka The Revelation of St John the Divine aka The Revelation of St John). It reads: "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
The author J.G Ballard called it " one of the greatest war film ever made "
Stunning in its rawness and expressiveness.
A MUST SEE !
A disorienting and undifferentiated amalgam of almost lyrical poeticism and expressionist nightmare. One of the greatest films ever made, Elem Klimov's anti-war masterpiece is ironically named, as those with weak stomachs may want to steer clear.
Perhaps the most terrifying, nightmarish film anyone has ever made about war. This film is a harrowing masterpiece.
Terrible - all you need to know.
It may have been a fine movie back in 1985 but by 2016 standards it really is terrible to watch.
Some scenes are long, like 2-5 minutes and all that happens is the camera following the actors around, while 80's scary sounds are played, mean while little or nothing is happening.
Its a drag to finish watching it and in Russian so you can't really do anything else while watching it because you have to read the subs.
I don't recommend this movie at all. I gave it two stars because the last 1 hour or so is entertaining because of the war scenes and the explosions, however there simply is no character development or story line, yes you're following the main character but it seems the story line is completely pointless and propaganda oriented.
This movie had a high rating, good synopsis and fine rating, but sincerely I think its people with nostalgia from back in the days when they watched it that give it a high rating, as an unbiased and younger audience, this movie was one of the worst I have made myself watch from start to end.
Much better was enemy at the gates, or with a communist theme "the brotherhood of war" (Korean).
This is a 1985 Soviet war drama directed by Elem Klimov about the Nazi German occupation of the Byelorussian SSR.
The film was so shocking for audiences that ambulances were sometimes called in to take away particularly impressionable viewers, both in the Soviet Union and abroad.
During one of the after-the-film discussions, an elderly German stood up and said: "I was a soldier of the Wehrmacht; moreover,
an officer of the Wehrmacht. I traveled through all of Poland and Belarus, finally reaching Ukraine. I will testify: everything that is told in this film is the truth.
And the most frightening and shameful thing for me is that this film will be seen by my children and grandchildren."
It is an amazing and shocking film.
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