At the end of 1965, the young Lithuanian director Vitautas Zalakiavichus came to Moscow with his new film No One Wanted to Die. Everybody knew that Zalakiavichus’ film would be about the 'Forest Brothers', the anti-communist partisans who operated in Lithuania (and other Baltic states) during and after World War II. But no one expected an anti-Soviet film. At first sight No One Wanted to Die is a typical Soviet film. Communists and peasants are good; Forest Brothers are bad. The plot is about the revenge of the sons of a village chairman, who is killed by guerrillas. But the main miracle of this film is the choice to make it as a Western, which allowed Zalakiavichus to tell the truth about the Forest Brothers. The film's title states a perfectly clear message, given to the audience with typical Western landscapes and brutal masculine protagonists.

Original title
Niekas nenorejo mirti
Filmmaker
Vitautas Zalakiavichus
Country
USSR
Year
1966
Medium
35mm
Length
107’
Language
Lithuanian
Production Company
Lietuvos Kino Studija
Sales
Lietuvos Kino Studija
Writer
Vitautas Zalakiavichus
Cinematography
Jonas Gritsius
Editor
Izabele Pinaityte
Production Design
Algirdas Nichius, Vitautas Kalinauskas
Music
Algimantas Apanavicius
Cast
Regimantas Adomaitis