Mikhail Kalatazov: The Cranes are Flying (1957)


Starring Tatiana Samoilova, Aleksei Batalov, Vasilii Merkurev
Description: The overwhelming emotions of the war are captured as the soldiers march off to the front. The heroine, played by Tatiana Samoilova, fails to find her boyfriend, played by the great actor Batalov, who will die on the front before they ever meet again. The chaos of the crowds in the background, and their very individual grief and agitation, form the backdrop of the early days of war.

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