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Leningrad -- Winter, 1941. World War II rages on as Nazi troops invade the Soviet Union and besiege the devastated city of Leningrad. Foreign journalists are quickly evacuated, but in the chaos that ensues, Kate Davies is left behind.
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When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Mira Sorvino ... Keyt

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Fon Leeb (as Armin Myuller Shtal)

Olga Sutulova ... Nina Tsvetkova

Gabriel Byrne ... Parker (as Gebriel Birn)

Mikhail Efremov ... Omelchenko
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Chigasov
Vladimir Ilin ... Malinin
Alyona Stebunova ... Sonya Krasko
Sergey Koltakov ... Zhdanov
David Verrey ... Finli (as Devid Verrey)
Viktor Smirnov ... Tolkunov
Vadim Loginov ... Yura Krasko (v detstve)

Marat Basharov ... Yura Krasko
Zhanna Nesterenko ... Sima Krasko (v detstve)... (as Zhanna Kostenko)
Aleksandra Kulikova ... Sima Krasko
Luiza Mosendz ... Vozdvizhenskaya
Aleksandr Polovtsev ... Pavlov
Valentina Talyzina ... Valentina
Mariya Golubkina ... Ageeva

Evgeniy Stychkin ... Kapitsa
Sergey Gorobchenko ... Selivanov
Marina Rokina ... Smirnova
Pavel Derevyanko ... Terekhin
Evgeniy Sidikhin ... Korneev
Mikhail Trukhin ... Vernik
Aleksandr Sirin ... Mayor Osipov
Eckehard Hoffmann ... Gitler (as Ekard Khoffman)

Alexander Beyer ... Valter Khokhsdorf (as Aleksandr Baer)
Alexander Filippenko ... Arkatov (as Aleksandr Filippenko)
Nikolay Olyalin ... Grevitskiy

Helen Lindsay ... Pristsilla Devis (as Khelen Lindsey)
Sergey Nikonenko ... Kapitan-artillerist
Valentin Gaft ... Rezhisser
Kirill Lavrov ... Diktor radio
Aleksandr Bashirov ... Kosoy

Christian Berkel ... Vinkelmayer (as Kristian Berkel)
Igor Lifanov ... Gorkin

Yuriy Kolokolnikov ... Nemetskiy letchik
Boris Smolkin ... Schetovod
Aleksey Melikhov (as A. Melikhov)
Roman Ageev (as R. Ageev)
Aleksandr Orlovskiy ... Kapitan NKVD Vasilev (as A. Orlovskiy)
Andrey Noskov (as A. Noskov)
Vyacheslav Karpov (as V. Karpov)
Ilya Mozgovoy (as I. Mozgovoy)
Aleksandr Levit (as A. Levit)
Vera Milovskaya (as V. Milovskaya)
Nataliya Kadochnikova (as N. Kadochnikova)
Marina Ivanova (as M. Ivanova)
Elena Yarema (as E. Yarema)
Aleksandr Pavlov (as A. Pavlov)
Liya Kuzmina (as L. Kuzmina)
Vera Bykova-Pizhel (as V. Bykova)
Nelli Molchanova (as N. Molchanova)
Aleksey Osipov (as A. Osipov)
Kseniya Buravskaya ... Kler Bishop (as S. Buravskaya)
Natalya Pivovarova (as N. Pivovarova)
Nataliya Lomakina (as N. Lomakina)
Aleksey Ispolatov (as A. Ispolatov)
Yuriy Teterin (as Yu. Teterin)
Valeriya Kiseleva (as V. Kiseleva)
R. Shebeko
Lidiya Dorotenko (as L. Dorotenko)
Inna Slobodskaya (as I. Slobodskaya)
Tatyana Rogozina (as T. Rogozina)
M. Gorbatskiy
Aleksey Fedkin (as A. Fedkin)
A. Maksimov
A. Baranov
Konstantin Demidov (as K. Demidov)
Pavel Gryaznov (as P. Gryaznov)
Vladimir Chernyshov (as V. Chernyshev)
Aleksandr Ryazantsev (as A. Ryazantsev)
Roman Pavlushev (as R. Pavlushev)
Aleksandr Eremin (as A. Eremin)
M. Vasilev
Vladimir Maslakov ... Grabitel (as V. Maslakov)
Olga Belyavskaya ... Amerikanskaya korrespondentka (as O. Belyavskaya)
E. Letyagina
Natalya Burmistrova (as N. Burmistrova)
Sergey Kudryavtsev (as S. Kudryavtsev)
S. Volkova
Anna Nestertsova ... Marusya (as A. Nestertsova)
Yaroslav Ivanov (as Ya. Ivanov)
Vladimir Maryanov ... Komandir razvedki (as V. Maryanov)
V. Maslov
Olga Filimonova (as O. Filimonova)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donatas Banionis ... Toyvo (uncredited)
Aleksandr Pashutin ... Tregub (uncredited)

Yekaterina Rednikova ... Alina, nemetskaya shpionka (uncredited)
Natalya Terekhova ... Verochka (uncredited)

Directed by
Aleksandr Buravskiy 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aleksandr Buravskiy  writer
Chris Solimine  uncredited

Produced by
Aleksandr Buravskiy .... producer
Chris Curling .... producer
Peter Doyle .... producer
David Gamburg .... producer
Andre Gromkovski .... producer
Jenö Hodi .... executive producer
Olga Maksimova .... executive producer
Adrian Politowski .... executive producer
Michael Ryan .... executive producer
Dmitriy Shutko .... line producer
Anna Sobinevskaya .... executive producer
Leo Zisman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yuriy Poteenko 
 
Cinematography by
Vladimir Klimov 
 
Film Editing by
Mariya Sergeenkova (Cinelex)
Dmitri Slobtsov 
M. Scott Smith 
 
Casting by
Uwe Bünker 
Larisa Isaeva 
Patricia Rose 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Boim 
Alim Matvejchuk 
Pavel Novikov 
 
Set Decoration by
Vitaliy Sidorenko  (as V. Sidorenko)
 
Makeup Department
Natalya Krymskaya .... makeup artist
Vicky Phillips .... personal hair stylist: Mira Sorvino
Vicky Phillips .... personal makeup artist: Mira Sorvino
 
Production Management
Lisa Astakhova .... post-production supervisor
Lisa Astakhova .... production manager
Michael Kitaev .... production manager
Marina Leonova .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Ksenia Shchedrina .... second assistant director
Boris Taskov .... additional first assistant director
Leo Zisman .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Rostislav Alimov .... supervising sound editor
Sergey Figner .... foley artist
Ella Khvorostova .... sound effects editor
Aleksandr Kopeykin .... sound designer
Pyotr Malafeev .... sound re-recording mixer
Yuliya Prozorovskaya .... sound effects editor
Maxim Romasevich .... sound effects mixer (as Maksim Romasevich)
Vladimir Schuster .... adr recordist
Sergey Shiposha .... sound effects editor
Denis Vakulenko .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Normund Latsis .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunt player
Sergey Golovkin .... stunts
Oleg Korytin .... stunt coordinator
Viktor Romanov .... stunts
Valery Rybin .... stunt coordinator
Aleksandr Samokhvalov .... stunts
Aleksey Samokhvalov .... stunts
Sergei Shulga .... stunts
Alexandr Soloviev .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrey Batukov .... first assistant camera
Igor Votintsev .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Fraser Cleland .... on-line editor
Maksim Malyavin .... digital intermediate supervisor
Adrian Murray .... assistant editor
Sergey Zadoyanyy .... assistant editor
Sergey Znamensky .... assistant editor
Simon Bourne .... di colorist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Nina Ruhkala .... driver: trailer, St. Petersburg (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Olga Alymova .... production coordinator
Krasimira Karachorova .... script supervisor
Anastasiya Mironova .... production assistant
Katerina Shashorina .... location manager
Kira Sinelshikova .... script supervisor
Alexei Slater .... assistant: HandMade International
Zinaida Zhdanova .... assistant production coordinator
Sara Janasz .... post delivery supervisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David P. Kelly .... thanks (as David Kelly)
 

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Also Known As:
"Attack on Leningrad" - International (English title) (DVD box title), UK (DVD box title), USA (DVD box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence (2011) (re-edited)
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110 min
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48 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent evocation of a starving city under Soviet rule., 16 February 2010
Author: max-vernon from United Kingdom

To make an interesting historical drama without trashing history is quite a challenge. This film succeeds admirably. By focusing on the lives of a few fictitious (?) characters, we are able to experience slow starvation in a bitterly cold Russian winter, feel how it affects both body and mind and see how this leads desperate people to do desperate things.

One and a half million Russians died in the Leningrad siege which lasted nearly 900 days. The film was wise to focus on the first winter only. The historical background is shown accurately. The negatives: a city under constant German bombardment from land and air; reducing daily calorie intake as food supplies dwindle, cannibalism, slicing flesh from a still-living horse; criminal elements encouraged by a black market in food; civilians kept in check by a ruthless Soviet police system and, especially, an immeasurable (because punishable) wish on the part of the populace to surrender to the Germans - 'at least they will feed us.' The positives: the winter lifeline offered by a frozen Lake Ladoga, supplies of American bacon and lard, individuals supporting each other.

This is a very honest film from a Russian director who treads a careful path between paying homage to Russian suffering on the one hand and being truthful about the Communist system on the other. A Soviet director would have had to make a very different film indeed. Fear of the NKVD secret police and its own paranoia about internal and external subversion are central to the story line. The Soviet system was unforgiving of failures and mistakes and this affected how individual Russians thought and behaved.

Director Buravsky says his film is an 'independent' one. It is certainly less commercial than 'Admiral' (2008) which relies on a romantic story line and set-piece battles to capture audience attention. The action scenes in 'Leningrad' are kept to a minimum but are sufficient to remind us that the city suffered unpredictable and spasmodic bombardment. It is much the better film of the two.

'Leningrad' is held together by the supportive relationships which develop between the main characters. It is, after all, a film more about civilian suffering than about a military campaign. Characterisation is fairly good. Our young teacher-turned policewoman heroine is quite willing to shoot any shirkers: her Komsomol years have channelled youthful idealism into ruthless Communist action. And yet she helps a stranded British journalist with whom she can practise her English. She develops an affinity with this exotic educated woman. Olga Sutulova and Mira Sorvino give convincing performances as the female leads who become comrades rather than gushing friends. Given the 'we will all probably die' circumstances, the film avoids over-emotionalism and sentimentality. However, the Kate Davis character would not have forgotten her native Russian at the age of 10.

Involving foreigners in the plot allows the film to escape siege claustrophobia and is more likely to appeal to a wider audience than an all-Russian affair. Rainy Eastbourne offers a pleasant break from frozen Leningrad. On the other hand, it could also be a commercial ploy to allow greater penetration of world markets (as the capitalists would say)!

Given the grim situation, offsetting the film's rising dramatic tension with comic relief is not really an option. Instead the director gives us short action scenes and scenes from the German and Russian HQs. These explain the military background. They also contrast the plight of the Leningraders with the elites running each side of the war from comfort and safety.

The film appears to show the German leadership in a more favourable light than the Soviet one. Buravsky gives the German commander Ritter von Leeb a pilot-nephew who pricks his uncle's conscience about the fate of the Leningraders. Did this catholic Field Marshall really have a nephew with a death wish named Walter Hoesdorff who was shot down whilst attacking a Russian AA battery over Leningrad? This is where historical films have to be careful. If no such nephew existed, he should not have been invented. On the other hand, showing empathy for enemy sensibilities should be applauded. No matter how much armies and combat conspire to homogenise men, individual soldiers retain their individuality.

Zhdanov, the city's ruthless defender, is shown unsympathetically; he has a much smaller role than the Germans. A photo of the dreaded Beria hangs on a wall in the Moscow HQ of the NKVD where fighting subversion assumes a higher priority than fighting Germans. Buravsky's 'extras' interview reveals his belief that Stalin hated Leningraders for being too independently-minded. He thinks that Stalin could have done more to relieve the city earlier. It suited the Great Leader to see Leningraders die?!!! 27 million dead was certainly a high price to pay for beating the Germans in 'The Great Patriotic War'. Russians no doubt debate how many of these deaths should be blamed on Stalin. This film will not find favour with those Russians wishing to revive the Stalin Cult as a means to restoring Russia's sense of her former greatness. Stalin does not appear in the flesh in this film but Hitler does.

In this respect 'Leningrad' offers a useful snapshot of Russia's present-day relationship with her Soviet past. Pity about the subtitles. That black space underneath the film is the obvious place for them. Why can't this be standardised across the industry?

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