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This review is from: The Cranes Are Flying (Region 2) [DVD] (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.