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Liberation (1971)

Osvobozhdenie: Napravlenie glavnogo udara (original title)
This five part WW2 epic drama gives a dramatized detailed account of the five major eastern front Soviet campaigns against Nazi Germany.

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Yuriy Ozerov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikhail Nozhkin Mikhail Nozhkin ... Yartsev
Nikolay Olyalin ... Tsvetaev
Mikhail Ulyanov ... Gen. Zhukov
Larisa Golubkina ... Zoya
Bukhuti Zakariadze ... Stalin (as Bukhuti Zaqariadze)
Vasiliy Shukshin ... Gen. Konev
Nikolay Rybnikov ... Gen. Panov
Vladislav Strzhelchik ... Gen. Antonov
Yevgeni Burenkov ... Gen. Vasilevsky
Anatoliy Romashin ... Gen. Shatilov
Pyotr Shcherbakov ... Gen. Telegin
Ivan Pereverzev ... Gen. Chuykov
Vladlen Davydov ... Gen. Rokossovsky
Sergei Kharchenko ... Gen. Vatutin
Dmitri Franko ... Gen. Rybalko
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A five part WW2 epic drama that gives a dramatized detailed account of Soviet Union's war against Nazi Germany from 1943 to 1945.Each of the five parts represents a separate major eastern front campaign.The first part deals with the 1943 great tank Battle of Kursk.The second part details the September 1943 Lower Dnieper Offensive.The third part depicts the various stages of Operation Bagration during the summer of 1944.The fourth installment of the epic deals with the January 1945 Vistula-Oder Offensive and the final segment climaxes in the April-May 1945 Battle of Berlin. Written by nufs68

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Language:

Russian | German | Italian | Polish | English | French

Release Date:

22 October 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Osvobozhdenie: Napravleniye glavnogo udara See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Soviet Union for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 46th Academy Awards in 1974. See more »

Goofs

During the Battle of Kursk (July 1943), several of the German tanks are actually Russian T-55's, T-62's, and even a few IS-2's. Such tanks would not have been employed by the Wehrmacht (even though they did field a number of captured T-34's in the battle), especially as they had not been invented yet. See more »

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Follows Osvobozhdenie: Ognennaya duga (1970) See more »

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Well Directed!
29 May 2011 | by capie4See all my reviews

I agree with the above comments to a point. This movie is *very* well researched, directed, rehearsed, budgeted, catered, begged/borrowed/steal, and even the concession hats and T-shirts are comfortable! Well worth the above and this review! It is incredible how this producer found so many story lines and accurate-looking actors to play Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt, Hitler, Mussolini, et.al. Each actor portrayed is from the culture they are representing--even though they are Russian. Where the Producers got an accurately speaking Roosevelt (Stanislav Yaskevich)& Churchill (Yury Durov), I don't know. Goebbels, Himmler, Eva Braun, and Zhukov are featured or starred in this great piece of cinematic art.

I would not, however, rate this *with* Saving Private Ryan and contemporary movies as this movie is well directed. Contemporary director's have picked up a bad habit of "shaking the camera to death." "Liberation" is easy to watch. It does not force the audience to chase the eyes of the actors across the screen. The scene changes during the battles are approximately 6 seconds apart--allowing the audience to experience the whole screen. Plus, there are some margins on the close-ups of the actors faces--half their foreheads are not missing at the top of the screen. Plus, this is a Division-sized movie reflecting the time it was made. Moscow/E. Germany didn't spare a ruble/Mark on extras. Since then, movies have been more squad-level...more or less. All of these good habits have been discarded by the film industry; perhaps for the hyperactive, short-attention-spanned, ADHD, instant-gratification, computerized audience member today. I rate this movie *above* the above mentioned movies.

The Soviets and East Germans were not attempting to politicize this movie. It is told with the same entertainment value as any western movie. The subtitles are a bit tricky, but easy to overcome. This movie is well worth watching because it is easy to follow, easy to read and view at the same time, and if you are into WWII history as I am, you will enjoy the feel the historical accuracy will give.


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