Pobeda (1938)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USSR  |  
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Originally titled Pobeda, Mother and Sons represented V. I. Pudovkin's first film since his near-fatal automobile accident. Lensed in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the film is a tribute to Soviet air supremacy, as represented by a pair of intrepid pilots. Though flying is often regarded as the last bastion of rugged individualism, Mother and Sons emphasizes the importance of teamwork, noting time and again that the two heroes (who happen to be brothers) would never have gotten off the ground without the assistance of the manufacturers, the ground crew, and the radio operators. Amusingly, though Pudovkin stresses the "common folk" responsible for Russia's aviation industry, the head of the flying field office is depicted as a well-heeled capitalist, complete with a flashy limousine. E. Korchgina-Alexandrovskaya heads the cast as the selfless mother of the two protagonists. Mother and Sons was also released in the U.S. and England as Victory.

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brother, mother, pilot, sacrifice-for-family, self-sacrifice