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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic representative of great film-making in the 50s, 2 Nov 2008
This review is from: Ballad Of A Soldier (Region 2) [1959] [DVD] (DVD)
I've literally just finished watching it and I must say I'm a little choked for words.

It's incredible to think that Hollywood was pumping out so many films at the time and so few of which truly shine from every perspective. Then along comes another great film from the East ticking every box:
> Strong realistic performances.
> Camera work of extraordinarily high standard for the time.
> Wonderful editing (notably the last time on the train).
> Excellent sound ... I agree with another review here that the sound in places was perhaps slightly off (I'm referring to the original Russian audio track, screw dubbings!) but to no disturbing degree. What I loved the most about the sound was the use of it. In places where Hollywood would have blasted out some soppy orchestral piece in this film they chose silence, or maybe some odd sort of (David) Lynch-style noise, adding a depth to the film that was rare in this era.

If you enjoy old films then this is about as good as it gets. A true landmark in world cinema.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2011 06:35:56 BDT
Ric03 says:
Great review, however, to be fair, there were also lots of classic Hollywood productions from this era (Psycho, North by Northwest and Some Like it Hot to name just three and there are many more!)... It is wrong to compare Russian to American cinema, as they are very different in style. You cannot fault one for not being the other!....

Posted on 17 Mar 2012 07:55:41 GMT
I couldn't help thinking, after watching this, of all the Boys Own adventure plots about WW2 that Hollywood started pumping out from around this time - The Guns of Navarone, Von Ryan's Express, etc, which we all fairly enjoyed of course, or back then we did (they now look full of holes); nonetheless, reading Antony Beevor's 'Stalingrad' as well, one wonders if all that helped feed a massive misperception by the public as to who actually did most of the fighting in WW2. After all, not a single Russian soldier is seen in any of those plots, and one can be forgiven for thinking they weren't even in the war.
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