100 Days Before The Command

100 Days Before The Command

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Visually astonishing, erotically charged and emotionally jarring, 100 Days Before The Command is Hussein Erkenov's courageous and stinging indictment of communism.

Five young Red Army recruits struggle for survival against the merciless violence that surrounds them on a daily basis. Their only means of saving their dignity is by preserving the humanity and compassion they share for each other.

Although not an overtly gay film, Erkenov's 100 Days Before The Command is remarkably direct in it's homoerotic imagery and subtexts. The film includes scenes where the soldiers share an intimacy and tenderness that is far removed from the of most of their waking hours. (Amazingly, all the roles are played by real-life soldiers except for one professional actor.)

Banned by Soviet censors upon its initial release, Erkenov was to create his own sales company in order for the film to be screened at the 1995 Berlin Film Festival. 100 Days Before The Command is a unique entry into the world of post-cold war filmmaking from behind the former Iron Curtain.


  • Director: Hussein Erkenov
  • Writer: Vladimir Kholodov
  • Writer: Yuri Polyakov
  • Length: 1 hrs. 11 mins.
  • Rating: NR
  • Released: Oct 24 2000
  • Production Year: 1990
  • TLA SKU: 1875605


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Review by Raymond Murray

By: Raymond Murray
In-House Review - Sep 02 2008
While not overtly gay, this melancholy and dreamlike meditation on passive resistance and the disintegration of the rigidity of the Old Soviet is chock full of homoerotic imagery. In an army basic training facility, a group of young men engage in Jea... Read More

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