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Stalingrad (1989)

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The WWII pivotal battle of Stalingrad is shown through the eyes of the soldiers and officers on both sides of the war.

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General Cuikov
Liubomiras Lauciavicius ...
Comissar Gurov
Sergey Nikonenko ...
General Rodimtsev
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Ruben Ibarruri
Mikhail Ulyanov ...
Günter Junghans ...
Harro Schulze-Boisen
Archil Gomiashvili ...
Valeri Tsvetkov ...
General Eremenko
Boris Nevzorov ...
Krylov
Bruno Frejndlikh ...
Marshal Shaposhnikov
Vadim Lobanov ...
Vitali Rosstalnoy ...
Akhim Petri ...
Aleksandr Goloborodko ...
General Rokossovsky
Yevgeni Burenkov ...
General Vasilevsky
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A sequel of "Bitva za Moskvu" (1985). The film is set in the Russian city of Stalingrad on the river Volga in 1942-1943. The Nazi Armies are over one million strong, when they reach Volga at Stalingrad, where the WWII pivotal battle is unfolding. The battle becomes the biggest military event in the history of WWII. Despite the immeasurable human losses on both sides, the battle is going on for many months, fueled by the draft and military propaganda from the leaders. After having the big city totally destroyed, the invading Nazi Armies are defeated and reduced to one hundred thousand POWs. The battle is shown through the eyes of the soldiers and officers on both German and Russian sides of the war. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Don't confuse with 1993 film
15 March 2009 | by (NY, USA (mostly)) – See all my reviews

Judging by the commentary, everyone is confusing this movie with Stalingrad (1993) by Joseph Vilsmaier. This is NOT the story from German perspective. This is a soviet-style epic, typical of Ozerov's work. This means we are shown a Soviet textbook illustration, nothing too emotional here, even the scene of NKVD officer shooting the soldiers who lost their guns in Kharkov retreat.

The year of production is 1989, the times of "perestroika", so Ozerov goes a little bold here, depicting briefly something that Brezhnev times did not like to mention, i.e. the tremendous defeat under Kharkov, due to total incompetence of Stalin & co. Nevertheless, the rest of the approach is still the same old beaten one - see 'Osvobozhdenie', etc.

Germans are a bit caricature, Hitler, in particular. Stalin is your textbook Stalin. Churchill doesn't look like Churchill. Ozerov's style makes all the persons on the screen as illustrations, unemotional, not too human in a way, just automatons that speak and move about. There are few exceptions, but overall this is how it goes. This is very typical of the war epic Soviet style. Big brush strokes, lots of voice-overs that sound like Sovinformbureau reports, etc. Recreation of history is a noble goal, but what Ozerov manages to create is yet another myth. The real war was a much dirtier, bloodier and crazier affair than what we see on the screen here. Stalingrad was hell on earth where two sides fought for days for every remnants of a brick wall. It is hard to imagine, and even harder to portray. And the broader historical perspective was much more complex and very different. For example, the command staff in the movie is all about Zhukov again, when the real hero among the commanders was Chuikov. etc, etc.

I really despise everything that Ozerov created on screen. These are the worst examples of soviet cinema. There are so many great soviet movies about the war, but everything that this guy created without shame is just rotten to the core.


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