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Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
"Ballada o soldate" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  26 December 1960 (USA)
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During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Ivashov ...
Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov (as Volodya Ivashov)
Zhanna Prokhorenko ...
Shura
Antonina Maksimova ...
The mother
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
The general
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ...
Vasya (the invalid)
Elza Lezhdey ...
The invalid's wife (as E. Lezhdej)
Aleksandr Kuznetsov ...
Gavrilkin (the train sentry) (as A. Kuznetsov)
Evgeniy Teterin ...
The lieutenant ('A terrible beast') (as Ye. Teterin)
Valentina Markova ...
Liza (Pavlov's wife) (as V. Markova)
Marina Kremnyova ...
Zoya (neighbor girl) (as M. Kremnnyova)
Vladimir Pokrovskiy ...
Pavlov's invalid father (as V. Pokrovsky)
Georgiy Yumatov ...
Sergeant giving bars of soap (as G. Yumatov)
Gennadiy Yukhtin ...
Pvt. Seryozha Pavlov (as G. Yukhtin)
Valentina Telegina ...
Old woman truck driver (as V. Telegina)
Lev Borisov ...
Joking soldier on train (as L. Borisov)
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During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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So little time to love,so much time to die.
23 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Ballada o soldate" has one of the most poignant sequences of all war movies:when the mother holds only for a few minutes, her dear boy in her arms,it's impossible to hold back your tears .I saw the movie for the first time thirty years ago and I have never forgotten it.Far from politics ,"ballada o soldate" is an universal poem,enhanced by a magnificent grandiose score,which enhances the simple beauty of the pictures,climaxing on a symphony for the finale.

Aliocha's furlough is so short (48 hours) and it's such a long way to his dear home.His journey becomes an odyssey ,but ,unlike Ulysses,his happiness will be short-lived.He and the girl form one of the most touching,lovable and innocent couple you will see on a screen.Their simple joys ,particularly when they share the soldier's food,or when they meet again in the desert station,are the ones which make a life worthwhile,even in the hell which surrounds them.

Sometimes recalling Sirk's " a time to love and a time to die"(1958)from Erich Maria Remarque ,the great German pacifist writer,with which it shares the same disgust of war ("I wanted to film a subject which could condemn war",the director said),"ballada o soldato" is one of these rare movies that will reward you each time you watch it.


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