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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Come And See for showing the courage
and bravery of the many Jewish partisans that fought the German Nazis.

Come And See

Come And See (1985) - 142 minutes
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A crowning achievement of 1980's Soviet cinema, Elem Klimov's Come And See is perhaps the ultimate WWII film. This savage and lyrical fever dream of death, rage and terror experienced through young eyes is a virtual primer for the subsequent, similarly psychedelic intensity of Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line and Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. Klimov's elegant harrowing union of unflinching ferocity and dreamlike clarity moved Empire Of The Sun author J. G. Ballard to declare Come And See the greatest war film ever made. Time Out New York agreed, saying, "Come And See's nimble balance of the sordid with the elegiac makes Peckinpah's Cross Of Iron seem like newsies.

When young Florya willingly joins a group of Partisans fighting the Nazis in Byelorussia, USSR, he little suspects that he is plunging through the looking glass. Separated from his comrades during a paratroop attack and struck deaf by German artillery, Florya - in the company of Glascha, a beguiling peasant girl - wanders a battle-scorched Russian purgatory of prehistoric forests and man-made slaughter. Florya's journey takes him and us through a gallery of exquisitely poetic imagery and brutal human atrocity.

Unlike traditional war films, Come And See never stoops to convenient heroic catharsis or genre movie narrative symmetry. Images of a beautiful girl's impromptu dance in the rain and a SS unit's spontaneous, self-congratulatory applause at their own butchery haunt with equal power. More than any other war film, Come And See unites the powerful truths and inescapable dilemmas that lurk behind both the raptures of youth and the horrors of war.

628 peasant-farming villages in Belarus were exterminated by the German Wehrmacht (regular army) troops. They'd surrounded a village, drive all the people into their church or synagogue, bar the doors and burn everyone alive. They even made a betting game out of shooting the babies, before they hit the ground, being thrown of church windows by the baby's mothers hoping the Germans would spare them.

There were very few innocent German soldiers!

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Come And See

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Partisans of Vilna for showing the courage
and bravery of the many Jewish partisans that fought the German Nazis.