First screened in May 2014
Director: Sergei Loznitsa. Documentary compilation of direct footage of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad from 1941-1944, assembled as a compressed montage and furnished with a new soundtrack.

Twitter Capsule: Grievous footage of shellings, hunger, rubble, and chill, as vividly restored by Loznitsa. Subjects smile for the camera!

VOR:   Nonfiction aficionados can argue if new soundtrack resuscitates or impairs truth-value of footage. Historians may crave more context or scale. Point is, rare artifact, worth debating.

Photo © 2006 St. Petersburg Studio of Documentary Films,
© 2007 First Run/Icarus Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

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