Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Angel, was made in 1967 by Andrei Smirnov and is based on a short story by Yuri Olesha. It was shelved by censors for unknown reasons until 1987, when it was paired with another film and exhibited under the combined title Natshalo Nevedomogo Veka. It concerns the 1920 journey of a group of refugees fleeing the disruptions of the fighting between the White and Red Russians in the civil war. In the story, when the train runs off the tracks, a group of determined survivors get it running again with a great deal of pluck and daring. When they are captured by the White Russian calling himself "Angel of God," despite their sufferings at his hands, they somehow maintain their dignity.