Do pervoy krovi

Do pervoy krovi

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(aka "Until First Blood") 1989. Color. 81 minutes. Russian language, no English subtitles. Image quality: good.

Nothing says "summer fun" like Zarnista, an old-timey Russian war game for children, in which two competing camps - one blue, one green, sybolically kill each other by tearing off their opponents' epaulets, which bear the color of the team they represent. Instead of building character as intended, the game turns the diligent youngsters into cruel little monsters, who become more and more afflicted with "Lord of the Flies" syndrome as the battle intensifies. Part children's movie, part cautionary tale for adults, "Do pervoy krovi" is a well-made film that features strong performances from its young cast. Lovely Natalya Gromushkina has the most challenging role as the blonde-haired head of nurses who falls victim to "the frog treatment", a simple yet highly-effective method of information extraction by means of strategically placed amphibian. When asked to describe the movie after attending its premier in Moscow in 1989, revered Russian intellectual Yakov Smirnoff succinctly replied "In Soviet Russia, game plays you!"

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