[Marxism] Beanpole | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 28 14:28:51 MST 2020

Opening at the Film Forum in N.Y. tomorrow, “Beanpole” is a Russian film 
set in Leningrad just after the war has ended. In addition to the 
shattered buildings left behind in the 900-day siege, there are also 
shattered human beings who survived by their wits and a stubborn desire 
to enjoy a normal life once again.

Among those who will have the hardest time living a normal life again 
are the veterans in a military hospital who have suffered either 
grievous wounds and/or post-traumatic stress disorder. The nurses caring 
for them have suffered as well, including Iya, who is nicknamed beanpole 
because of her towering height and willowy build. When we first meet 
her, she is standing as still as a statue in the nurses’ quarters. As a 
former anti-aircraft gunner, her PTSD is manifested by unpredictable 
freezes that last for a few minutes and that made her unfit for further 

full: https://louisproyect.org/2020/01/28/beanpole/

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