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Clear Skies (1961)
"Chistoe nebo" (original title)

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During the 1950s Sasha Lvova reminisces about the WW2 years when she fell in love with Soviet fighter pilot Aleksei Astakhov.


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Credited cast:
Nina Drobysheva ...
Sasha Lvova
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ...
Aleksei Astakhov
Natalya Kuzmina ...
Lyusya (as N. Kuzmina)
Vitali Konyayev ...
Petya (as V. Konyayev)
Georgiy Kulikov ...
Mitya (as G. Kulikov)
Leonid Knyazev ...
Ivan Ilyich (as L. Knyazev)
Georgiy Georgiu ...
Nikolai Avdeyevich (as G. Georgiu)
Oleg Tabakov ...
Seryozhka (as O. Tabakov)
Alik Krylov ...
Vitali Bondarev ...
Yegorka (as Vitalik Bondarev)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
A. Aleksandrushkin
Vladimir Anisko ...
(as V. Anisko)
Konstantin Bartashevich ...
(as K. Bartashevich)
A. Dubov
Nikolai Khryashchikov ...
(as N. Khryashchikov)


At the outset of the War, Alexei,an airman, marries Sasha Lvova, a young factory worker. One day, Alexei does not return from his mission and he is thought to be dead. Some time after the end of hostilities though, he reappears : taken prisoner, he has managed to survive. But everybody besides Sasha rejects him;to make matters worse, he is expelled from the party. Alexei sinks into despair and alcoholism. Fortunately, Stalin dies and his lot improves at last. Written by Guy Bellinger

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20 May 1961 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

Clear Heaven  »

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grob248 is right.
12 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clear Skies labors under several awkward Soviet film necessities of its period, but it succeeds in creating a convincing story that--unlike Chukhrai's mediocre Ballad of a Soldier--actually forces the viewer to think about the unpleasant realities of recent Soviet history. Chukhrai's skill in handling actors is evident in both movies, but builds to greater impact in Clear Skies. The camera work in Clear Skies is also far superior to the earlier movie--the scene with the train full of soldiers passing through the crowd of crying women is more skillfully shot than anything any American cinematographer was doing at that period. Unfortunately, Chukhrai's special effects for Clear Skies were laughably bad; he would have done better to leave the toy airplanes out of it.

My own suspicion is that critics deem Ballad of a Soldier a classic because it used amateur actors and was shot in black and white, while they overlook the much better Clear Skies because of garish color, relentlessly photogenic characters and soap opera-ish ending make it seem--to them--like merely a somewhat tackier Hollywood film. In fact, it beats a great deal of what Hollywood was doing at that time, in spite of its political baggage.

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