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You can watch ''The Ascent'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/the-ascent-1977/ here]].

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You can watch ''The Ascent'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/the-ascent-1977/ here]].


* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: Sotnikov attempts to shoot himself when he thinks he's about to be captured, but Rybak returns and drags him to safety.

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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Sotnikov attempts to shoot himself when he thinks he's about to be captured, but Rybak returns and drags him to safety.

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* {{Retraux}}: The film is made up to look like a 1940s movie, with its World War II setting, uses of Academy ratio (an aspect ratio long disused by then) and black and white cinematography.

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You can watch ''The Ascent'' [[https://russianfilmhub.com/movies/the-ascent-1977/ here]].

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* KubrickStare: Sotnikov gives one to the German soldier who captures him in the attic.

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* BloodFromTheMouth: Sotnikov coughs blood onto Rybak's face during their argument in the dungeon.


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* MessianicArchetype: Sotnikov is a pretty obvious Christ figure, with Rybak as his Judas.

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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: Sotnikov attempts to shoot himself when he thinks he's about to be captured, but Rybak returns and drags him to safety.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never learn what becomes of the larger partisan unit or Demchikha's children.


* TheBadGuyWins: The movie depicts another win of the Nazis against the Russian partisans.

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* TheBadGuyWins: The movie depicts another win of the Nazis against hang Sotnikov and the Russian partisans.civilians and turn Rybak to their side. Rybak's attempt to kill himself in atonement is unsuccessful and he can't bring himself to run away.


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* GrandInquisitorScene: One where the collaborator Portnov tries to get Sotnikov to betray the other partisans by appealing to his sense of self-preservation. Sotnikov rejects him and calls him "human scum", leading Portnov to resort to [[ColdBloodedTorture other methods]].


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* SmugSnake: Portnov, especially during the interrogation scene where his BreakingSpeech to Sotnikov completely fails and he's forced to resort to brute force.

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* BadassBookworm: Sotnikov used to be a math teacher, but later became an artillery officer. While he's hardly a OneManArmy, he refuses to crack under torture and is the only Russian shown onscreen to kill German soldiers.


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* DeathGlare: Sotnikov passes out after being branded, but when he wakes up he fixes Portnov with such a brutal death glare that Portnov is shaken and orders him taken out of the room.
* DeathOfAChild: Basya, who can't be much older than 12, is hanged with the other characters at the end.


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* DroneOfDread: Much of the soundtrack, particularly the song that plays during the climactic execution scene.


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* TakeMeInstead: Sotnikov pleads with Portnov to let the other prisoners go and execute only him. Portnov is unmoved, as he apparently has a quota of people he needs to execute to please his superiors.

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* WinterWarfare: Partisans battling the Germans in the snows of a Russian winter, cold, hungry.

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* DoomedMoralVictor: Sotnikov. He dies for Russia, but as everyone watching the movie would have known, the Soviet Union would eventually win the war and crush Germany, and collaborators like Rybak and Portnov would get theirs in the end.


''The Ascent'' (Восхождение, ''Voskhozhdeniye'') is a 1977 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion, directed by Larisa Shepitko.

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''The Ascent'' (Восхождение, ''Voskhozhdeniye'') is a 1977 film made in the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion, [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], directed by Larisa Shepitko.


* LesCollaborateurs: There are a lot in Belarus. The village elder is one. Rybak and Sotnikov are questioned, and Sotnikov is tortured, by a collaborator named Portnov. And Rybak winds up joining a unit of collaborationist Soviet police.



* LaResistance: Partisans fighting the Germans behind the lines.
* LesCollaborateurs: There are a lot in Belarus. The village elder is one. Rybak and Sotnikov are questioned, and Sotnikov is tortured, by a collaborator named Portnov. And Rybak winds up joining a unit of collaborationist Soviet police.


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* LaResistance: Partisans fighting the Germans behind the lines.

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* SignificantBirthDate: Towards the end, Sotnikov mentions that he was born in 1917--the year of UsefulNotes/RedOctober.


* DaydreamSurprise: Twice does Rybak imagine fleeing from his German captors and [[DiesWideOpen getting shot to death]] in the process.



* ImagineSpot: Twice does Rybak imagine fleeing from his German captors and [[DiesWideOpen getting shot to death]] in the process.

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