A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.
When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the ... See full summary »
Stalingrad has become hell and paradise for those who were worthy of awards, but the only reward they managed to get was love. How they won, and how they were not defeated, who they were and who was on the other side of the street, what secret they have taken away with them - the movie will tell this story. Written by
The Stalingrad set built near St. Petersburg was also used to film the opening and closing scenes of earthquake/tsunami stricken Japan. See more »
When Kan pushes the curtains aside with his rifle to enter Masha's room, he pushes hard enough that it pulls the top left corner of the right curtain off of the rod. As Kan steps through, as seen from the other side, the curtain is back up on the rod. See more »
The Movie is Greatness - Don't Believe the Detractors
I am an avid reader of all things Stalingrad and I must be in the minority but I loved it. I kept reading reviews that compared the love story aspect of it to Titanic, so I was expecting an over the top love story with a little bit of Stalingrad mixed in. In reality, the love story part of the film was somewhat muted, did not feel shoe-horned into a war movie, nor did it seem implausible. I think it was well cast and had excellent actors. IMO, if the exact same movie had been released with Spielberg's name attached and the actors speaking English, it would have been well received. It seems there are biases against foreign films, perhaps rooted in the cold war. While it was not a 10, I thought it was a very solid film that made the viewers feel like they were there. Experiencing the film helped me see another facet to the battle. possible through books. Highly recommended!
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