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Song of Russia (1944)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  February 1944 (USA)
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In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

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Susan Peters ...
John Hodiak ...
Boris Bulganov
Robert Benchley ...
Hank Higgins
Felix Bressart ...
Petrov
Michael Chekhov ...
Ivan Stepanov
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Peter Bulganov
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Anna Bulganov
Patricia Prest ...
Stasha Bulganov
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Sonia
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Alexander Meschkov
Leo Mostovoy ...
Yanovich
Leo Bulgakov ...
Professor Faber
Zoia Karabanova ...
Natasha Bulganov
Konstantin Shayne ...
Wounded Soldier (as Konstantine Shayne)
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Storyline

In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village. Written by Larry B.

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This film was the subject of inquiry by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in October 1947. Testimony as to the distortions of Soviet life presented in the film was provided by Ayn Rand, screenwriter and author of "The Fountainhead" and 'Atlas Shrugged". Rand was born in Russia, but left in 1926. Rand derided the depictions of Russian peasants who owned radios and had access to long distance telephones as well as showing a "traditional Russian wedding dance' with peasant women doing the Charleston with spiked heels in church. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66
(1889)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played often in the score, adapted by Herbert Stothart
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It may have been a turkey, but .....
29 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was the first film that I can recall seeing, way back in the 1940s. I was about 6 or 7 years old at the time (I'm now 66). I can remember nothing of the rose-tinted picture of Stalin's Russia described in John Barnes' comments.

In fact, I can recall little of the plot, other than that it featured an orchestral conductor and extracts from Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto. Thus, the film introduced me to Tchaikovsky and classical music and, for that, I am eternally grateful.


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