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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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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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The compelling story of a girl's impassioned search for happiness. 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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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sergey Urusevskiy: man filming with a small, handheld 35mm camera at the right side of the train in the final scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: Wait, squirrel! Here. Put it on.
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Referenced in A Very Long Engagement (2004) See more »

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Impressive and Heartbreaking Romance in Times of War
31 January 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Moscow, the young couple Veronika (T. Samojlova) and Boris (Aleksey Batalov) are in deep love for each other. With the World War II, Boris volunteers to join the army and is sent to the front on the day before Veronika's birthday, and they do not have the chance to say goodbye to each other. While waiting for news from Boris, Veronika is raped by Boris' cousin Mark (A. Shvorin) and they marry each other. However, Veronika does not forget Boris, and keeps waiting for him.

"Letyat zhuravli" is an impressive and heartbreaking romance in times of war. The direction is excellent and uses ellipses along the story, inclusive in the capital scene when Veronika is raped by Mark. The camera-work is amazing, with sophisticated planes and angles, and long traveling. The scenes of Veronika in the middle of the tanks, or in the train station with many figurants are awesome. The magnificent cinematography is highlighted by the restored image of the DVD. T. Samojlova has an extremely beautiful face, and a touching and sensitive performance. The speech in the last scene makes another great example of an anti-war movie. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Quando Voam as Cegonhas" ("When Fly the Stork")


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