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Trivia for Come and See

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  • Many of the uniforms seen throughout the film are originals.
  • Live ammunition was used in the film - in interviews, actor Aleksey Kravchenko has described actual bullets passing some 10 centimeters above his head.
  • Filmed in chronological sequence.
  • The director planned to have Aleksey Kravchenko hypnotized by a psychotherapist during the most dreadful and violent scenes so that they wouldn't affect his young mind. However, turned out not to be susceptible to hypnosis and had to pretend all the way.
  • The original name of the film was supposed to be "Kill Hitler". The name had to be changed because it was deemed inappropriate at that time.
  • A large part of this movie was filmed in Steadicam.
  • The Einsatzgruppe unit that attacks Perekhody is known as the 15th Einsatzkommando, but there was actually no unit with that designation during World War II.
  • Western Belarus as depicted in this film was situated in the region between the then Soviet Union and then Nazi Germany during World War II. This frontier region in the film is today known as a part of Belarus.
  • The Nazi German SS Major Sturmbannfuhrer's type of pet in the film is an animal known as a Red Slender Loris, a mammal species of prosimian, i.e., a primate that is neither a monkey nor an ape.
  • This movie's title is derived from The Bible's New Testament. It is from Chapter 6 in the Book of Revelation (aka The Apocalypse of John aka The Revelation of St John the Divine aka The Revelation of St John). It reads: "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
  • The film's literal English translation from the Russian wording "Idi i smotri" is "Go and look", but the film is more commonly known in English as "Come and See" instead.
  • There is a town with the name of Perekhody in the film and there is a town with this name today located in Smolensk Oblast, Russia.
  • Author J.G. Ballard called it 'one of the greatest war films ever made'.
  • It's been said that Aleksey Kravchenko was so overwhelmed with the film's subject matter that his hair turned gray during filming.
  • Final film directed by Elem Klimov.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • In the English language version, an opening title sets the scene as "Byelorussia, 1943". This is the older English spelling of the present day republic of Belarus. It was pronounced bee-YEL-uh-ROOS-ia.
  • The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
  • Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 58th Academy Awards in 1986.
  • Ranked number 59 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.
  • The readers of the Soviet Screen magazine chose Come and See as the best film of 1985 in that publication's annual survey.
  • The 'killing by burning people in barns' carried out under Oskar Dirlewangers command took place during 1943 during 'Operation Cottbus'. Although the supposed intention of this 'Operation' was to eliminate 'Partisans', Dirlewanger had previously used this method in Poland.
  • Some of the German soldiers are using Russian weapons - this is correct, as they were less likely to jam and could work at lower temperatures than many German-made guns.
  • The rifle Flyora finds is a Soviet-made SVT-40, produced from 1940 to 1945. As shown in the film, the stock was prone to cracking due to being made of inferior birch wood.
  • This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #1035.

Spoilers

  • The film's closing epilogue states: "The Nazis burned down 628 Belarusian villages together with all the people in them."
  • Locking undesirable civilian populations in barns and setting them afire, as shown in the movie, is a well-documented type of atrocity carried out by the Nazis on the Eastern Front. It is most strongly identified with Waffen-SS units commanded by the notorious war criminals Oskar Dirlewanger and Bronislav Kaminski.
  • In the film's final moments, the protagonist begins shooting a Hitler Nazi propaganda poster. On the bottom, written in Cyrillic script: "Hitler is the liberator".
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