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MOSCOW. AUTUMN. 1941. FILM BY ALEXEY PIVOVAROV

Produced by : OJSC NTV BROADCASTING COMPANY (RUSSIA)
Year : 2009
Duration : 69 min
Number of episodes : 1
Written by : ALEXEY PIVOVAROV
Directed by : SERGEY IVANOV
Produced by : IRINA SOSNOVAYA; EKATERINA MOROZOVA
Narrator : ALEXEY PIVOVAROV
The war which broke out in summer 1941 became a common disaster for all people. Already in autumn German forces approached Moscow. The main fascists’ aim was to capture the capital before frosts. The Soviet army failed to hold the defensive lines on distant approaches, in October fighting was 80 km from Moscow, early December the enemy was already 24 km from the city. A state of siege was proclaimed in Moscow and adjacent areas. The film plunges the audience into the atmosphere of the besieged capital. Moscow residents, who witnessed and were involved in those events, tell about the tensest months in their life – continuous bombing of the city, ration card system, severe hunger and endless queues, theatrical life of the city which continued despite the state of siege, the military parade on November 7, Stalin’s inspiring speech... Moscow metro became the main air-raid shelter, some citizens spent longs weeks and months under the ground. Due to efforts of the civil population Moscow did not suffer from massive fires. Through the eyes of witnesses we will see emergent evacuation and panic which struck the city when enemy troops were approaching. The film tells how the government was preparing to surrender the city. Did Stalin go to the platform of Kazansky railway station and did he really visit Matryona, the Blessed Elder of Moscow? The authors of the film argue that there are no credible confirmations of these facts. Marshal Zhukov’s personality and “the main media asset of the epoch”, Levitan’s voice. The author of the film visited the “Field of Memory” near Vyazma, Ilyinskoe defense lines. With the participation of: Moscow residents Yury Nikolaev, Galina Shalnova, Mark Ivanikhin, Sergey Shik, Vadim Istomin, Tatyana Krapivintseva