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Within the Whirlwind is based on the true story of Eugenia Ginzburg, a young Russian literature professor who spends 18 years of her life in the gulag in Siberia during Stalin's reign of terror. Having lost everything, and no longer wishing to live, she meets the camps doctor and begins to come back to life.
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Emily Watson's stunning, all consuming performance sweeps all before it in a virtuoso interpretation of courage under fire. --Ronnie Scheib, Variety
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : 35426418
- Director : Marleen Gorris
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : April 15, 2016
- Actors : Emily Watson, Ian Hart, Ulrich Tukur, Benjamin Sadler
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : Unqualified (Dolby Digital 7.1)
- Studio : Film Movement
- ASIN : B00GNF7GIA
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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As a Christian who finds comfort in God and scripture during times of trouble, I could not help but notice the absence of references to God in this movie. Instead of scripture, we find Yevgenia repeating to herself poetry for comfort, but the lines fell so short of the comfort and hope in God that scripture brings us. However, good poetry, even that which is approved under atheistic regimes that censor out overt religious elements, can still subtely point one to God, as one line in the poem Yevgenia kept repeating to herself about the capableness of her body did: "Who do I have to thank for this?" A well-written line of poetry can smuggle in hope and light beneath the radar of censors with dulled sprititual senses.
Parents should be warned that though there is no nudity, there is cleavage in a scene, a love-making scene, and a scene where the women are being raped by the guards.
The acting, scenery, music and poetry are all divine. This is one of the best films I have seen of late, and the recitation of the poetry is truly inspirational.
Ginzburg's troubles, like those of millions more, started with the Dec. 1, 1934 assassination of first secretary of the Azerbaijani Communist Party and staunch Stalin loyalist, Sergey Kirov, which launched the Great Purge.
In 1937 and 1938 alone, Stalin and his minions ordered the “legal” executions of some 700,000. An estimated 18 million Soviets were exiled to Siberian prison camps, from which 5 million never returned. Overall, Robert Conquest estimates that Stalin murdered at least 20 million, including those who died in great, party-induced famines.
In February 1937, Ginzburg was arrested for her alleged work with a “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist group” at the Krasnaya Tatariia newspaper. Officials had already apprehended her communist party card (effectively itself a criminal conviction). She never participated in any such activities by in Stalinist Russia such facts did not matter. Tried in August 1937 in a 7-minute proceeding, she was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, a great relief to her, as she had expected a death sentence.
So much Soviet era poetry, chiseled with words alone (often secret and hidden from the authorities) is so stupendously magnificent. Ginzburg, Joseph Brodsky, Anna Akhmatova, Daniil Andreev, and on and on, many like Ginzburg deeply inspired by Pushkin, stands out for its extraordinary beauty.
This finely wrought movie represents the genre and era very well.