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  • Actors: Tatiana Samoilova, Alexei Batalov, Vassily Merkuriev, Alexander Shvorin
  • Directors: Mikhail Kalatozov
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Nouveaux Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KB6DFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This moving WW2 drama deservedly won the 1958 Cannes Palme d'Or and reintroduced Soviet cinema to the outside world as well as being a huge domestic box office hit. The film looks at the impact of the war on the participants: the lovers who fail to say their farewells prior to Boris's departure through unfortunate circumstances; his surgeon father who has to continue caring for his patients and the shifty cousin trying to avoid the conflict altogether.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 14 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
A high flyer which is a Russian masterpiece;
The movie starts with a beautiful "out door ballet" shot between two lovers on 'river Moskva'as they observe the 'cranes sailing like ships' overhead in the clear blue sky in a metaphor, as their human counterparts glide effortlessly on the banks of the shimmering river in the crystal clear sunshine ,and just like the cranes that fly over the Moscow sky and symbolise natural harmony and joy ,this turns forthwith into a groundbreaking movie as world war two bares it ugly fangs to destoy this heavenly vision .

The cinema here is memorable not in that deals with 'variable human values and spirituality' as mocked by the negativity of war but how it brings out the best in humanity in their worst predicaments .

The idealistic youth and his fiancee struggle to overcome the horrors as WW2 breaks out , he voluntarily goes to the front in a rush of patriotic idealism while she awaits his return in a fragile social milieu where the social fabric is being degraged by the nihilistic event in progress.

The waiting is just as harrowing while the shortfall hits the urban capital and the air raids are horrific as is the exploitation of war torn victims itself by the lesser human dregs who seek to benefit from any event which accentuates human misery and 'Tatiana Seminova' is a victim even though she never faces a German soldier,at the hands of her own compatriots and friends who exploit her loneliness and fear, in a mesmerising cinematic experience where she is sexually abused by a close friend in the midst of an air raid ,which is genius as the audio-visual affects of one assault are juxtaposed on another attack, and sexual violence and the demons of war amalgamate in a moment of true horror .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss J Gray on 12 April 2010
Format: DVD
THis is probably the best Russian film of its time - both in its approach to the tragic and sensitive topic of the WWII, in its casting and acting, in its camera work and director's interpretation. Tatyana Samoylova, who won in Cannes with this role, - is at her absolute best in this film - her character is complex and developing and we can see the changes that are happening to her in front of our own eyes. Brillant work of Alexey Batalov and the rest of the cast.
Cinematographically this film was quite a break through at the time - the camera work is superb - worth watching even just for that.
Overall - it is a timeless classic of Russian cinema - a must for everyone who is interested in Russia, cinema and WWII.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. P. Underwood on 1 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Fabulous cinematography from Sergei Urusevsky help to make this a stunning piece of work. The opening scenes are as if one is leafing through some master photographer's album and as the story begins to unfold we are swept away with both the events depicted and the beautiful look. All is well shot but there are several whole sequences that are simply breathtaking. Difficult to describe without `spoiling' but suffice to say there is a very intense scene during an air raid and the lady left behind and her lover's brother are at odds as the sirens whine and the windows shatter. Another superimposes a swirling staircase and a spinning shot of tree tops and even develops into a fantasy sequence. Soviet film making of the highest order.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By weofme on 28 May 2007
Format: DVD
When I first saw this film in the 50s I stumbled out of the Curzon Cinema in tears and startled an elderly American tourist who wanted directions to Picadilly by sobbing "Go down the street and t-t-t-urn right and your th-th-there"!!! Magnificent camerawork and an outstanding performance from Tatiana Samoilova. This film has stayed in my memory ever since and it is wonderful to finally own it on disc.If you love great cinema and appreciate superb acting---don't hesitate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ushi on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I always wanted to see this film ,heared so much about it from my father years ago, and it did not dissapoint to think it was filmed so many years ago with so much details totally amazing, also the acting is superb hats up to the director and cameraman.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 2 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Coming to this film fifty odd years after it was made, I felt its freshness and power as if the paint on a great artist's canvas had not yet even dried. The story of young lovers parted by war is not novel, of course, because it is universal - and the treatment it is given here elevates that universal (indeed commonplace) circumstance to something transcendent. The young cast are astonishing. It is hard to imagine the actress Tatiana Samoilova was just eighteen when she did this. Her expressive range and physical confidence would seem possible only in an older woman. The cinematography - in its grandeur and risk-taking - is quite breathtaking. The directorial eye behind the film is imaginative yet totally secure in its purpose at the same time. Among films with a theme of war - war as experienced by civilians especially - this production stands near the top.
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