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Afi Film Fest: A Window On Some Far Shores : Friday

March 08, 1987|LEONARD KLADY and All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before showtime. Information: (213) 520-2000 , 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and | Klady is a Los Angeles - based film writer and reviewer. and

"The Unknown Soldier" (Finland, 1986, 12 p.m.). Finland's Oscar entry in 1986 could aptly be titled "Battalion." The story vividly and relentlessly chronicles the exploits of a band of soldiers during the Finno-Soviet conflict of 1941-44. The ongoing graphic carnage eventually has its toll on the audience, who become inured to the violence in a film that feels as lengthy (at 198 minutes) as the actual event--especially as it's screened without an intermission. In response to the officer who asks his beleaguered movie troops, "Are you sheep or Finnish soldiers?" one can only reply, "Baa."

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