02.02.2020

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Ein Menschenschicksal" 1965

This postcard was published in 1965 by Reisebüro der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik.
The poster advertises the movie Ein Menschenschicksal / Судьба человека / Fate of a Man, a 1959 Soviet film adaptation of the short story by Mikhail Sholokhov, and also the directorial debut of Sergei Bondarchuk. Bondarchuk won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of his adaption of Tolstoy's War and Peace in 1969.
The movie tells the ordeal of a simple man who lost his house and family in the Second World War. But despite the bitterest experiences, he maintained his belief in the power of man. Patriotism and one-sided hate songs undermine the pacifist message of the visually impressive anti-war film. Still worth reading and seeing.
The film was released in East Germany on 6 November 1959. Kino International was opened on 15 November 1963. So there must be a re-release of this film.

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