Ivan Lukinskii: The Soldier Ivan Brovkin (1955)


Starring Leonid Kharitonov and Sergei Blinnikov
Description: Brovkin was a movie of the peacetime army. It featured a young but unlucky kolkhoz boy drafted into the army, who begins as a failure but ends up with a promotion. Brovkin was a benign, and thus unusual, army movie in that it showed no war. Otherwise it appealed to a set of values familiar to Soviet viewers. The war films of post-1956 would soon shatter those expectations.

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