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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 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
Dmitriy Dubov ... Sgt. Yegorov (as D. Dubov)
Mikhail Sidorkin ... General Shtemenko
V. Renin ... General Gerd von Runstedt
Giorgi Tatishvili ... Sgt. Kantiariya (as G. Talishvili)
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:
Nikolai Aparin (as N. Aparin)
Gavriil Belov ... Party official (as G. Belov)
Y. Brandes
Aleksandra Danilova
Aleksei Gribov ... Party official
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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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This film was created for Joseph Stalin's 70th birthday.See more »
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Despite its propaganda intentions, a solid, popular, entertaining movie about World War II, 25 May 2011
Author: Andres Salama from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Perhaps not the most sophisticated film ever made about World War II, but this 1949 Soviet film is a rousing, solid, popular piece of filmmaking. Reportedly made as a present for Stalin's 70th birthday, who took great interest in its production, it was made with considerable production values (for that time) and in great Agfacolor film, taken as war reparation from the Germans. It's a propaganda film alright, but is very well made. As far as I know this was also the first fiction film dealing with the fall of Berlin (though the film, despite its title, deals with all the war in the eastern front, starting from the German invasion of Russia and not just its ending). I'm sure its intended audience – the Soviet masses who just have been through WW2, appreciated the movie. Hitler and his minions (who all speak in Russian in the film) are portrayed as grotesque, pathetic buffoons – but this is not necessarily a bad thing since they are the comic relief of the movie. Also fun is the portrayal of Roosevelt and Churchill at the Yalta conference, the American president is shown as naive and slightly befuddled, the British premier a mean, conniving old man. Stalin, meanwhile, is portrayed through the film as a wise, gentle, all knowing commander leading his country into victory (never mind his well recorded nervous breakdown at the start of Operation Barbarossa). Summing up, despite some historical inaccuracies, this is a very good film, especially for those interested in World War II (note: in this review, I deal with both part I and part II, since the division of the movie in two halves is artificial).

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