Wait for Me

Part of a popular war trilogy directed by Aleksandr Stolper, based on the books and poems of Konstantin Simonov (here also scripting), "Wait for Me" is a pure Soviet melodrama that retains mainly a historic interest today. Co-directed with Boris Ivanov, it describes the long, painful wait of a woman (Valentina Serova) for news of her husband (Boris Blinov), an air force pilot missing in action. As the years pass, all his friends give up on him, but she bravely never loses hope.

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With: Boris Blinov, Valentina Serova, Lev Sverdlin, Mikhail Nazvanov, Nina Zorskaya, Elena Tyapkina.

Part of a popular war trilogy directed by Aleksandr Stolper, based on the books and poems of Konstantin Simonov (here also scripting), “Wait for Me” is a pure Soviet melodrama that retains mainly a historic interest today. Co-directed with Boris Ivanov, it describes the long, painful wait of a woman (Valentina Serova) for news of her husband (Boris Blinov), an air force pilot missing in action. As the years pass, all his friends give up on him, but she bravely never loses hope.

Story switches between her cheerful wartime work in Moscow under bombardment (“to keep from thinking”) and his action-packed ordeals fighting behind the lines. Lev Sverdlin stands out of a well-directed cast as a photographer friend who’s secretly in love with the heroine.

Wait for Me

Soviet Union -- 1943

Production: A Combined Studio (Alma-Ata) production. Directed by Aleksandr Stolper, Boris Ivanov. Screenplay, Konstantin Simonov, based on his poem.

Crew: Camera (B&W), Samuil Rubashkin; editor, E. Abdirkina; music, Nikolai Kryukov; art directors, A. Berger, V. Kamsky. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Soviet retro), Aug. 9, 2000. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: With: Boris Blinov, Valentina Serova, Lev Sverdlin, Mikhail Nazvanov, Nina Zorskaya, Elena Tyapkina.

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