The Manuscript Saved from the KGB: Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

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Arts, Biography Documentary hosted by Elsa Lepoivre, published by Arte in 2017 - French narration

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The moving story of a writer, the Russian Vasily Grossman, and his novel "Life and Fate", one of the most violent charges ever leveled against the Stalinist regime. This is the story of a manuscript that shook the Kremlin. A book "arrested" in October 1961, in the early morning, and locked up in the basement of Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters. "Why would we add your book to the bombs that our enemies are preparing against us?", wrote Mikhail Suslov, Stalin's grey eminence, to Vassili Grossman who pleaded the cause of his book. Saved from extinction thanks to the courage of a network of dissidents, including physicist Andrei Sakharov and writer Vladimir Voinovich, Life and Fate was published 1983 in France. This film is not the biography of Vasily Grossman, even if his life and the destiny of the characters in his book intersect in a disturbing and dramatic way. Nor is it the history of Russia through Life and Fate, even if Life and Fate, like very few novels before it, captures the reality of Soviet Russia with lucidity and accuracy. This film is the story of a novel that shook the Soviet regime and upset its readers. It is an examination of its characters, of the political and philosophical reflections of its author, of its prose, of its humanity. In October 1961, the KGB went to the writer Vassili Grossman to seize the manuscript of his novel "Life and Destiny". Built on the model of "War and Peace" by Tolstoy, this book traces the fate of a family during the war. From Moscow to the ruins of Stalingrad, from the Ukrainian ghettos to the gulag, it is a great Russian epic written at the height of men, populated by ordinary heroes and tyrants, historical figures and anonymous people. Grossman bears witness to the darkest hours of Stalinism. It exposes the cogs of the implacable totalitarian machine and denounces the perversion of the ideal of 1917. Directed by Priscilla Pizzato ; Ex Nihilo and ARTE France Co-Production

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Video Codec: H.264 CABAC Main@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 2 200 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 132 kb/s VBR 44.1 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: french
RunTime Per Part: 58 min 38 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 972 MB
Source: WEB DL
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