The Ascent

The Ascent

I had never heard of this film until reading James Schamus's top ten list on

A powerful film with incredible sequences. The opening five minutes has it all... exposition, beautiful reveals, dramatic framing and cutting and an opening title sequence that plays over a gun fight. Not sure I've ever seen that before.

Sadly, director Larisa Shepitko passed at the age of 41 in a road accident. Imagine the classics she would have graced us with. I'm looking forward to watching her early film Krylya (Wings) which is also on the Criterion Channel.

Won Berlin's Golden Bear in 1977.

Watched on the Criterion Channel.