The North Star

Synopsis: In a peaceful Ukrainian village, the school year is just ending in June 1941. Five young friends set out for a walking trip to Kiev, but their travels are brutally interrupted when they are suddenly attacked by German planes, in the first wave of the Nazi assault on the Soviet Union. When the village itself is attacked and occupied, most of the men flee to the hills to form a guerrilla unit. The others resist the Nazis as well as possible, but soon the village is placed under the command of a Nazi doctor who begins using the town's children as a source of constant blood transfusions for wounded German soldiers. Meanwhile, the small group of young persons tries desperately to take a supply of firearms to the guerrillas.
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
Production: American Pop Classics
108 min

Good morning, my

little honey bees.

Good morning!

Good morning. Good morning.

Good morning, one and all.

Good... Morning!

Good morning!




Where's Pavel Grigorich?

I've come to be your

guest for breakfast.

Stop shouting.

Don't be so young

with the voice.

You'll have to come

back, Comrade Karp.

Grandpa is still asleep.

A new baby came to the

hospital last night,

and then Grandpa came

home and did his writing.

Good morning.

That's not the way you say it.

You say, "a baby came

into the bright world

in the darkest part

of the night."

Don't talk so pretty.

A new baby. Isn't that nice?

What's nice about it?

I -- I'll be back.

You argue too much.


Good morning, Grandpa.

Ah. Good morning, my lad.

You should not have

worked all night.

Mm. I had a good night's work.

Did a little writing.

Feel better? Mm-hmm.

Come and have breakfast now.

Oh, dear.

What seems to be the

trouble, Boris Stepanich?

It'll take a better mechanic

than I am to answer that.

The patient is cured, Father.

It's all right now.

Hello, Comrade Karp.

You ever been to Kiev?

Of course.

There was a pretty girl there

who lost her head over me.

Years ago. Oh, of course.

Well, it is the

last day of school.

Tomorrow morning,

we'll be on our way.

It's our vacation, and we're

going to Kiev on a holiday.

That's a nice bus ride.

Not for us. We're hiking.

All the way? Well, of course.

It'll only take us

four or five days.


Marina is going?

Yes. Marina and

Clavdia and grisha.

My brother -- unfortunately.

Ah, but Marina is

the one who counts.

Have you proposed?

Or does one propose in

these modern times?

Good morning, Papa.

Good morning.

What are you doing, Marina?

I'm baking honey

cakes for the trip.

The cakes have

to be baked now?

You're not leaving

until tomorrow.

Well, it's hard at our age

to remember how

exciting a trip can be.

The planning is half the fun.

A long time ago, this is

the way I wore my hair.

Were you pretty, Mama,

when you were young?

I'm not so old, little one.

Mama's pretty now.

And she's not old.

It's only that

you're so young.

I'm not so young.

There are plenty

who are younger.

Yes. And there always will be.

Sophia, when you go marketing,

remind everybody to come

and help with the

loading of the trains.

Tell them there will

be supper for all

when the work is finished.

I'll tell everybody!

I'll tell everybody!

May I, Papa? May I?

I'll do it on my

way to school.

Please, may I? May I, please?

All right. You tell them.

I'll say there will be

supper for everybody.


I'll say there will

be music and singing.

I'll say there

will be dancing,

and I'll say there will

be cider for old people

and fruit drinks for children.

You might also remember to

say there will be work.


Yes. I'll say that, too.

"Everybody must

work," I'll say.

No pancakes?

You know what else the comrade

commander said to me?

You have my permission

not to tell me.

"Eat pancakes."

That's what he said.

It has been

recently discovered

that pancakes are fine for

a bombardier's nerves.

That ought to

interest you, Damian.

You're going to be a doctor.

It doesn't interest me.

Don't worry with

those maps, Damian.

I know all the roads.

And when we get to Kiev,

I will show you and your little

friends all there is to see.

Me and my little friends

are still young.

A visit to Kiev

is something that doesn't

happen to us every day.

And don't patronize

us about it.

Be a man of the world in

front of your mirror.

It's better that way.

Mirrors don't talk back.

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Lillian Hellman

Lillian Florence Hellman (June 20, 1905 – June 30, 1984) was an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, as well as her left-wing sympathies and political activism. She was blacklisted after her appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) at the height of the anti-communist campaigns of 1947–52. Although she continued to work on Broadway in the 1950s, her blacklisting by the American film industry caused a drop in her income. Many praised Hellman for refusing to answer questions by HUAC, but others believed, despite her denial, that she had belonged to the Communist Party. As a playwright, Hellman had many successes on Broadway, including Watch on the Rhine, The Autumn Garden, Toys in the Attic, Another Part of the Forest, The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes. She adapted her semi-autobiographical play The Little Foxes into a screenplay, which starred Bette Davis and received an Academy Award nomination in 1942. Hellman was romantically involved with fellow writer and political activist Dashiell Hammett, author of the classic detective novels The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, who also was blacklisted for 10 years until his death in 1961. The couple never married. Hellman's accuracy was challenged after she brought a libel suit against Mary McCarthy. In 1979, on The Dick Cavett Show, McCarthy said that "every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the'." During the libel suit, investigators found errors in Hellman's popular memoirs such as Pentimento. They said that the "Julia" section of Pentimento, which had been the basis for the Oscar-winning 1977 movie of the same name, was actually based on the life of Muriel Gardiner. Martha Gellhorn, one of the most prominent war correspondents of the twentieth century, as well as Ernest Hemingway's third wife, said that Hellman's remembrances of Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War were wrong. McCarthy, Gellhorn and others accused Hellman of lying about her membership in the Communist Party and being an unrepentant Stalinist. more…

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