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The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Letyat zhuravli (original title)
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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Taglines:

A luscious portrait of love and loss during World War II. 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

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is a favorite of both Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: Wait, squirrel! Here. Put it on.
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Referenced in I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) See more »

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Very very very good.
24 April 2004 | by GreySphinxSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a typical war movie, this is not it, so a note to all the testosterone-pumped carnage-craving war buffs out there, don't bother. Although the film is about Russian characters in WWII, don't expect to see any Nazis, cannons, blood, gore, etc. It's not a film about people who cause a war or who fight a war. It's a film about ordinary people who war happens to and the choices they make in dealing with it.

Acting, cinematography, writing: all perfect 10s here. You'll certainly appreciate it if you're Russian like me, but even if not, you'll probably love it. If you speak no Russian, look for the RUSCICO (Russian Cinema Council) DVD version. It's got subtitles in about 14 different languages, but the English dubbing on this one I'd say is just as good. It's of course not as good as the original Russian track (some stuff is lost in translation), but just as good as the English subtitles. So go check it out, especially if you're studying film in any aspect.


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