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William Guynn

Larisa Shepitko’s “The Ascent”: An Archaic Iconography

The Ascent draws on “the great ‘storehouse’ of those images and symbols without which there is no ‘great tradition’ transmitted from generation to generation.” The film’s narrative imitates the events of the Passion, but, what is perhaps more important, it appropriates the iconography of its depiction in Western art.