Kazimieras Vitkus in Nobody Wanted to Die (1964)
Kazimieras Vitkus in Nobody Wanted to Die (1964)
Nobody Wanted to Die (1965)

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Nobody Wanted to Die

Vytautas Žalakevičius | Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic | 1965 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 20 Dec 2023

This cult “red” Lithuanian western is both a partial reworking of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and a complex accounting for the legacy of Sovietisation and World War II. In 1947, a small farming community is torn between allegiances to the Soviet Union and its Partisan “brothers in the woods” after the village council’s chairman is murdered. Brilliantly shot by Jonas Gricius (Kozintsev’s Hamlet and King Lear), this heightened pro- and anti-Soviet drama draws intriguing comparisons with the McCarthyist Hollywood westerns of the 1950s and is directed by one of Lithuanian cinema’s most celebrated figures.

Digital print courtesy of the Lithuanian Film Centre.

Format: DCP
Language: Lithuanian with English subtitles
Source: Lithuanian Film Centre
Runtime: 107 mins

Event duration

107 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

It may come as a surprise, but that most quintessentially American genre, the western, was enormously popular behind the Iron Curtain. Of course, it was seldom possible for Eastern Bloc audiences to see Hollywood films. No matter; even though socialist states deemed the Hollywood western decadent in propagating foundational frontier myths, they took to the production of westerns with great relish...

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