For the Russians the film is a stride forward, with no propaganda and evoking a moving tale of a tender love affair shattered by the war. Its bravura is sometimes too flashy, but the sensitivity of portrayals lift this over-contrived plot [from the play by Viktor Rosov] on to a poignant level.

For the Russians the film is a stride forward, with no propaganda and evoking a moving tale of a tender love affair shattered by the war. Its bravura is sometimes too flashy, but the sensitivity of portrayals lift this over-contrived plot [from the play by Viktor Rosov] on to a poignant level.

A pair of young lovers are split by the war. He loses touch with her and she is seduced by his brother on a raging, bomb-torn night. They marry but she still keeps her feelings for her absent lover. Story details the life on the home front, with its heroisms and shirkings, and the war front. The boy is killed, but the girl finally has the courage to leave her callow husband and embrace life again.

Virile, sometimes overboard direction nonetheless brings out intelligent acting by Tatyana Samoilova, and Aleksei Batalov.

Letyat Zhuravli

USSR

Production

Mosfilm. Director Mikhail Kalatozov; Screenplay Viktor Rosov; Camera Sergei Urusevsky; Editor Ye. Svidetelev; Music M. Weinberg

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Tatyana Samoilova Aleksei Batalov Vasili Merkuryev A. Shvorin S. Kharitonova
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