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21 January 1950 (Soviet Union) See more »
Surrounded by a few party officials, Alexei Ivanov, a stakhanovist smelter, is decorated by Stalin.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mikheil Gelovani ... Iosef Stalin
Boris Andreyev ... Alexei Ivanov nicknamed Aliocha
Vladimir Savelyev ... Adolf Hitler (as V. Savelyev)
Marina Kovalyova ... Natasha Rumanyova Vasilnyeva (as M. Kovalyova)
M. Petrunkin ... Joseph Goebbels
M. Novakova ... Eva Braun
Yuri Timoshenko ... Kostya Zavchenko (as G. Timoshenko)
A. Urasalyev ... Yusupov
Nikolay Bogolyubov ... Factory Superintendent Kumchinsky
Jan Werich ... Hermann Goering (as Y. Verikh)
Sofiya Giatsintova ... MRs Ivanov - Alexei's mother (as S. Giatsyntova)
K. Roden ... Charles Bedston
Boris Tenin ... Gen. Chujkov
Viktor Lyubimov ... Captain (as V. Lyubimov)
Viktor Stanitsyn ... British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Oleg Frelikh ... U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Boris Livanov ... Gen. Rokossovsky
Sergei Blinnikov ... Gen. Ivan Koniev
Vladimir Lyubimov ... General Vasilyevsky
Konstantin Bartashevich ... Gen. Sokolovsky (as K. Bartashevich)
Andrei Abrikosov ... Gen. Antonov
Fyodor Blazhevich ... Marshal Georgi Zhukov (as F. Blazhevich)
A. Poyarkov ... Gen. Kuznetsov
Dmitri Dubov ... Sgt. Yegorov (as D. Dubov)
Mikhail Sidorkin ... General Shtemenko
V. Renin ... General Gerd von Runstedt
G. Talishvili ... Sgt. Kantiariya
Vladimir Kenigson ... Gen. Krebs (as V. Kenigson)
Nikolai Plotnikov ... General Brauchitsch
Vladimir Pokrovskiy ... Gen. Alfred Jodl (as V. Pokrovsky)
K. Gomola
Maksim Shtraukh ... Party official
Veriko Anjaparidze ... Hans' mother (as Veriko Andjaparidze)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
V. Anzhaparidze ... Hans' mother
Nikolai Aparin (as N. Aparin)
Gavriil Belov ... Party official (as G. Belov)
Y. Brandes
Aleksandra Danilova
Aleksei Gribov ... Party official
S. Hyasintova
N. Kapistin
Kh. Kapustin
Aleksandr Khanov ... Party official (as A. Khanov)
V. Klyucharev
Z. Kovan
V. Lebedev
Evgeniya Melnikova
Y. Naretsch
V. Narlokh
E. Nelishikova
Tamara Nosova ... Katya
Y. Orlyukin
D. Palov
G. Pasechnik ... Party official
Andrei Petrov
Leonid Pirogov
Nikolai Ryzhov ... Party official (as N. Ryzhov)
Ruben Simonov ... Party official
Nikolai Solovyov (as N. Solovyov)
Vladimir Vasilyev
P. Volifack
N. Zhagrebeliskin
Z. Zolar

Directed by
Mikheil Chiaureli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mikheil Chiaureli 
Pyotr Pavlenko 

Original Music by
Dmitri Shostakovich 
Cinematography by
Leonid Kosmatov 
Film Editing by
Tatyana Likhachyova  (as T. Likhachyova)
Production Design by
Vladimir Kaplunovskiy 
Aleksei Parkhomenko 
Makeup Department
Vladimir Yakovlev .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Meri Anjaparidze .... assistant director (as Meri Andjaparidze)
Sound Department
Boris Volsky .... sound director
Special Effects by
Lyudmila Aleksandrovskaya .... combination scenes designer (as L. Aleksandrovskaya)
Boris Aretskiy .... special effects operator
D. Kostikov .... special effects
Other crew
K. Bogdanov .... military advisor
K. Ostreiko .... military advisor
K. Yelochkin .... military advisor

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Also Known As:
"Padeniye Berlina" - Soviet Union (original title)
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167 min (original version) | 151 min (1953 version)
Color (Magicolor)
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The scene at the end of the movie where Joseph Stalin appears in Berlin never occurred. After seeing this in the film, Stalin told the filmmaker that he had wished he had gone to Berlin.See more »
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An Epic Valentine to Stalin, 28 January 2007
Author: bscriss-2 from United States

I had the privilege of seeing the unreleased (as of this writing) DVD containing a restoration of the film utilizing the original negative. While the restoration isn't pristine (some scratches still appear), it manages to restore and maintain the coloration of the German Agfacolor stock that was used. Check out the comparison between the original and the restoration in the special features. The total film is 151 minutes long, split into two parts but I really didn't feel it bogged down too much. It is in Russian but has English subtitles.

There is some good outdoor cinematography especially in the scene that represents Germany's invasion of Russia, though most of the interior work is rather stilted with a few shots that show brilliance for its time period.

The score is brilliantly done by Dimitri Shostakovich befitting the epic scope that is presented.

As revisionist propaganda, this film was created as a valentine to Stalin for his 70th birthday presenting the Russian side of World War II and Stalin's steadfastness.For the most part though, the propaganda in the film is rather subtle in its views of the Allies, but blistering in its portrayals of Hitler, Gehring and Goebbels. Hilter is presented from the very beginning as a man who has already gone off the deep end (which I'm not sure is inaccurate). Though I must admit that it appears that the filmmaker was attempting to show that the British and the Americans did not care enough about the Russian front which was Stalin's view of their behavior in the war.

There is a framing device that drives the "story" along in a romance between a Russian steelworker and a Russian teacher. When the Nazi's invade, she is captured and taken to a camp and he joins the fight so that he can find her. We follow him through the major battles though the time line skips the negative parts of the war for the Russians and presents primarily their victories. He manages to be at every one including the Fall of Berlin which ends the film. Of course there is a happy ending as if there is any doubt about it. It appears that Russians of that time period used cliché story lines as much as Hollywood.

Most of the actors look creepily like the historical figures they are except the actor playing FDR. He was shown looking fairly frail which is not the image that we have of him in the US. The actor playing Stalin in the film had portrayed him in Russian films since 1939 and would continue to play Stalin in all but one of his films after this one. He is a dead ringer with Stalin's mannerisms down pat.

I have to admit that there were times that I laughed, especially at the portrayal of Hitler. The performance was so over the top at times that I half expected him to pull out some mustard to go with his scenery chewing.

Of course, being a propaganda film, the facts are skewed to favor Stalin and the Russians and even twisted to some degree. The Yalta meeting is a good example of that. There is also dramatized scene of Stalin arriving in Berlin to great acclaim that did not actually happen.

Overall it is a rarity that is interesting to film and WWII buffs who would like to see what the Russians thought of the US and the rest of world. I've watched many propaganda films through the years (both American and Eastern Bloc) but this one is truly epic in scope.

When this is released, I would recommend if you are interested in the subject to pick it up.

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