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Wings (1966)
"Krylya" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  1996 (USA)
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A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the ... See full summary »

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Mayya Bulgakova ...
Nadezhda Petrukhina
Sergey Nikonenko ...
Sergei Bystryakov
Zhanna Bolotova ...
Tanya
Panteleymon Krymov ...
Pavel Gavrilovich (as Pantelejmon Krymov)
Leonid Dyachkov ...
Mitya Grachov
Vladimir Gorelov ...
Igor
Yuri Medvedev ...
Boris Grigoryevich
Nikolay Grabbe ...
Kostya Shuvalov
Zhanna Aleksandrova ...
Zinka
Rimma Markova ...
Shura (as Rimma Nikitina-Markova)
Arkadi Trusov ...
Morozov
Olga Gobzeva ...
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Boris Yurchenko ...
Sinitsin
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Misha
Natalya Gitserot ...
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A fascinating and human portrayal of a once-famous fighter pilot and loyal Stalinist named Nadezhda Petrovna. Now a 41-year-old provincial schoolmistress, she has so internalized the military ideas of service and obedience that she cannot adjust to life in peacetime. Written by International Film Circuit <ifcplanet@aol.com>

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fascinating and slow paced post-war movie
1 November 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This Russian film is about the fortunes of former war heroine flyer Nadezhda Petrukhina, who is working as a schoolteacher in the aftermath of the war and becoming increasingly dissatisfied with her lot. Her daughter Tanya (Zhanna Bolotova) has married an older man, Igor, who Petrukhina clearly thinks isn't good enough for her, while the teacher is herself courted by a museum director, Pavel Gavrilovich (Pantelejmon Krymov).

Centring on the former lady flyer and taking the film at a nice slow pace, we follow her through several days and activities such as going to a museum, catching up with old friends at the airfield, meeting Igor's more intellectualised friends, and chewing the fat with a cafe waitress, eventually waltzing with her to the strains of the Great Waltz.

'Wings' is a film of quiet beauty which remains long in the memory after you've seen it - whether it is the school play you remember, with the dancing Russian dolls, or the cleaner mopping the school corridors, or Boris the deputy head painting the walls, or the sight of Petrukhina muching sausage with the workers in the pub, or the final swoop of wings as she takes to the sky once more, or the flashbacks to her co-flyer sweetheart in the war.


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