Soviet Border (1939)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The border alluded to in the title of this film is the one between Siberia and Japanese-held Manchuko. Writer-director A. G. Ivanov endeavors to prove that the Soviet Union is eminently prepared should the warlike Japanese ever decide to invade its territory. Several recent clashes between the two countries are re-created herein with the help of newsreel footage. Each time a stalemate is reached, the film declares a Soviet victory with understandable if not entirely well-founded hubris. On the whole, the newsreel clips are far more persuasive than the stridently restaged dramatic sequences.