A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.
Surrounded by a few party officials, Alexei Ivanov, a stakhanovist smelter, is decorated by Stalin. The "Little Father of the Peoples" takes this opportunity to invoke threats of war.... ... See full summary »
Historical reality: The battle of Stalingrad was directed Marshal Zhukov, but he was not even mentioned in this film. The reason was that after the Second World War, Zhukov's fame increased rapidly, and Stalin was unhappy about it, so he sent Zhukov to be the commander-in-chief of romote military districts in order to eliminate this potential political threat. This film faithfully followed the Stalin's will, discounting what Zhukov had accomplished and gave the credit to Stalin instead.
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