In 1921 the Soviet Bolshevists must defend their border from the Finnish army, among many other armies. The regiment marches and does its fighting while on skis, hence the title. This well-directed film has all the classic elements of the U.S.S.R.'s party-controlled propaganda
filmmaking, complete with a nationalistic theme and the most evil of enemies. Unlike most films of this nature, though, the direction manages to overcome the dogma and present a reasonably entertaining package. Like many Soviet films intended for export, this one is best viewed in the historical
context of the time of its release. Finland's Mannerheim line was being reinforced by German "advi...