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The career of Larisa Shepitko, an icon of 60s and 70s Soviet cinema, was tragically cut short when she was killed in a car crash at age 39, just as she was emerging on the international scene. The body of work she left behind, though small, is masterful, and her genius for visually evoking characters' interior worlds is never more striking than in her 2 greatest works: Wings, an intimate yet exhilarating portrait of a female fighter pilot turned provincial headmistress, and The Ascent, a gripping, tragic World War II parable of betrayal and martyrdom. A true artist, Shepitko remains one of the greatest unsung filmmakers of all time.