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6823FREEZE--DIE--COME TO LIFE*FREEZE--DIE--COME TO LIFE*1989b & w103 minvhs (Directed by Vitaly Kanevski; with Pavel Nazarov, Dinara Drukarova, Yelena Popova) Kanevski's frankly autobiographical tale ranks as one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in years. Set in the Soviet Far East just after WWII, the action unfolds in a small mining community where the border between the local gulag and the village proper seems impossible to detect. Two children learn to survive and to turn even the most unlikely situations into their own kinds of games. The starkly beautiful black and white images underscore the alternation between scenes of remarkable tenderness with moments of shocking treachery; perhaps no film has ever more powerfully depicted a world without a moral center. (Donated by the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center) (In Russian with English subtitles) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)