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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)
Viktor Klyucharev (as 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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Film was made and released a little less than five years after the war's end.See more »
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Russian soldier battles his way to Berlin to reunite with his beloved, 12 October 2013
Author: msroz from United States

This is a difficult movie to evaluate, given the circumstances under which it was made. In 1950 in a USSR tightly controlled by the Communist Party headed by Josep Stalin, what movie about the war against the Nazis would not have been filled with propaganda and have extolled Stalin? Propaganda interferes with the art of any movie, no matter what its national origin. Propaganda prevents a movie from ringing true. "The Fall of Berlin" is permeated with propaganda. The love between the two leads is admirably acted and has some emotional content. Nevertheless, it's so intertwined with phony scenes of joy at the steel mill and in the fields before the Nazis attack, that it all seems more a relic of its times than anything else. Yet, the color photography is beautiful. The staging is good. As a propaganda display of group spirit and love of one's rulers, it is a valuable historical document.

Where the movie-making really gets good is in some of the battle scenes. These involve many tanks and rather real looking battlefields. The actual hand-to-hand fighting, however, is often staged quite badly. The recreation of the Reichstag is very good indeed.

Then there is the portrayal of Stalin and Hitler. These are fun to see. The actor playing Stalin looks very much like him. That's about the only resemblance to the truth of his character we are getting in this movie. War movies produced in Hollywood often were almost as untruthful. Stalin is shown as a democrat, a man of the people, out among his people, friendly, a brilliant general, loved and revered by his people, etc. In reality, he closeted himself in the Kremlin, had no feeling for people, killed and tortured millions, was cynical, paranoid and cruel.

As for Hitler, his famous outbursts and loss of touch with reality are shown here in spades. It almost becomes comical.

I rate the movie as average, but it really cannot be rated conventionally. It's a spectacle, more often badly done than well done, but sometimes effective in the battle scenes or in the scenes showing the Nazis or a lovable Stalin. It's something for sociological study. It's part of the cult of Stalin that Khrushchev condemned at the earliest opportunity after Stalin's death in 1953, only three years after this movie was made.

It's quite obvious that the lead actor, Boris Andreyev, was a professional. He was quite famous in Russia, made many movies and had a long career, before and after this movie.

Mikheil Gelovani, who played Stalin, was so well-liked in that role by Stalin that he became typecast thereafter. He made 12 movies as Stalin. Since Stalin was a "living God", he could not play other roles without damaging Stalin's image. After Khrushchev's speech in 1956 that criticized the cult of Stalin, all the films in which Gelovani had played Stalin were banned or had Stalin's scenes cut out.

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