Checkpoint (1985)

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Director: Aleksei German
Cast: Rolan Bykov, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Oleg Borisov

Synopsis

During the Second World War a Russian soldier, previously forced into collaboration with the Germans, escapes and joins the partisans but first has to prove his reliability.

The Review

One of a number of films to re-emerge in the mid 80s, having been suppressed for being too challenging, this was actually made in 1971. The particular sin of this war film was to suggest that Stalin's policy of automatically shooting POWs on recovery was callous and ignored questions of conscience, treating all soldiers as potential traitors. It also shattered the idea, long upheld, of a united Soviet Union fighting the German devil: here the peasantry would prefer to be left alone by both sides since association with one brings reprisals from the other.