The North Star (1943) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Samuel Goldwyn and William Cameron Menzies.
Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Perry Ferguson; Interior Decoration: Howard Bristol||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||James Wong Howe||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Aaron Copland||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Lillian Hellman||Nominated|
The North Star (1943)By Beatrice on Oct 13, 2014 From Flickers in Time
The North Star?(AKA Armored Attack) Directed by Lewis Milestone Written by Lillian Hellman 1943/USA The Samuel Goldwyn Company First viewing/Amazon Prime Instant Video If you can set aside?any knowledge of Ukrainian or Soviet history, this odd mixture of folk musical and Nazi-resistance drama is ... Read full article
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Sophia Pavlova, Rodion's wife: A long time ago, this is the way I wore my hair.
Olga Pavlova, Marina's little sister: Were you pretty, Mama, when you were young?
Sophia Pavlova, Rodion's wife: I'm not so old, little one.
Marina Pavlova: Mama's pretty now and she's not old. It's only that your are so young.
Olga Pavlova, Marina's little sister: I'm not so young! There are plenty that are younger.
Rodion Pavlov, leader of mounted guerrillas: Yes, and there always will be.
[the villagers flee their burning town, torched as part of the Russians scorched earth defense]
Marina Pavlova: Gone.
Sophia Pavlova, Rodion's wife: There'll be another some day.
Marina Pavlova: Yes. It will be different for us. Wars don't leave people as they were. All people will learn this and come to see that wars do not have to be. We'll make this the last war. We'll make a free world for all men. The earth belongs to us, the people, if we fight for it. And we will fight for it!
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This is one of the films deemed "subversive" by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in October, 1947, at the height of the McCarthy "Red Scare" era. The committee decided that, even though Russia was our ally against Nazi Germany in World War II - when this film was made - the movie's sympathetic portrayal of Russian peasants and guerrillas who were fighting off Nazi forces was an "endorsement" of Communism.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 3, 1944 with Walter Huston, Anne Baxter, Jane Withers and Farley Granger reprising their film roles.
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