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The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Letyat zhuravli (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 21 March 1960 (USA)
Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov

Writers:

Viktor Rozov (play), Viktor Rozov (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tatyana Samoylova ... Veronika (as T. Samoylova)
Aleksey Batalov ... Boris (as A. Batalov)
Vasiliy Merkurev ... Fyodor Ivanovich (as V. Merkuryev)
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Mark (as A. Shvorin)
Svetlana Kharitonova ... Irina (as S. Kharitonova)
Konstantin Kadochnikov ... Volodya (as K. Nikitin)
Valentin Zubkov ... Stepan (as V. Zubkov)
Antonina Bogdanova ... Babushka (as A. Bogdanova)
Boris Kokovkin ... Chernov (as B. Kokovkin)
Ekaterina Kupriyanova Ekaterina Kupriyanova ... Anna Mikhajlovna (as Ye. Kupriyanova)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentina Ananina ... (as V. Ananina)
Olga Dzisko Olga Dzisko ... (as O. Dzisko)
Klarina Frolova-Vorontsova ... (as K. Frolova)
Leonid Knyazev ... (as L. Knyazev)
Georgiy Kulikov ... (as Yu. Kulikov)
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Storyline

As the clouds of war spread over Russia during Germany's surprise invasion in 1941, the fervent young lovers, the sensitive Veronika and the stalwart Boris, are parted when the patriotic lad secretly volunteers for the war effort. During the following hard years, Veronika who serves her country as a wartime-nurse will lose communication with Boris, moreover, when a devastating air raid destroys her house and Boris' father takes her in to live with the family, unexpectedly, things will take a turn for the worse. Before long, the worried fiancée will find herself dealing not only with the dark thoughts of Boris' potential loss but also with the burden of an unwelcome decision. Once, the star-crossed lovers swore eternal devotion under a flock of flying cranes, still, a war is always cruel and eternally disastrous. Written by Nick Riganas

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Distributed by Warner Bros. at the request of the U.S. Department of State in connection with the Cultural Exchange Agreement with the Soviet Union See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

21 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cranes Are Flying See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,923
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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mikhail Kalatozov spent several years in Los Angeles on a diplomatic assignment where he acquired an admiration for the works of Frank Borzage, King Vidor and Vincente Minnelli. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: Wait, squirrel! Here. Put it on.
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Connections

Edited into Nitrate Base (1996) See more »

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Masterpiece from Russia.
17 March 2004 | by vdgSee all my reviews

I would like to tell you just a few things before considering seeing this movie. If at one point or another you thought you've seen good camera work, be prepared to be amazed by this movie. For the record, this movie was made in 1957 in Russia, but the technique used here is probably something that we've seen much later in the western world...about 20 years later. The level of emotions through the film varies quite a lot: happiness -love-war- despair-joy, but in the end you remain with something quite unique: the joy of seeing one masterpiece of filmmaking. The young directors from our time should study more this kind of movies and maybe they will be able to create something similar..even though I think movies like this are very hard to come by... If you've seen "I am Cuba" , then this movie would appeal to you very much, but if not, be prepared for a unique experience. The Russian directors have something in common: very small budgets, great actors, and a joy of creating art...and yes, they are able to create more masterpieces than all the western world together. I am not a big fan of Russia, actually I hate everything that's communist, but the film making in that part of the world, manages to create such feelings that are hard to describe.

Enjoy it.


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