Ballad Of A Soldier (Ballada O Soldate)

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(out of 5)


Despite a few moments that over strain their desire to jerk tears out of you, this is a heartfelt film that packs more than a few emotional punches. A Russian World War II soldier scores a double header when he takes out two tanks in a freak act of bravery and is awarded with a decoration. Rather than accept it from his commanding officer, he insists that he would rather be given leave to go to his village and see his mother for a few days. The journey home ends up being fraught with distractions, diversions and even a few dangers, giving the soldier a close-up view of the war-scarred landscape of his nation, gradually eroding his naive existence.  Magnificently shot, with a smooth, even pace and solid performances from the entire ensemble cast.


USSR, 1959

Directed by

Screenplay by Grigoriy Chukhray,

Cinematography by ,

Produced by M. Chenova

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1960

The Criterion Collection



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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (Valentin Yoshov, Grigori Chukhrai)

British Academy Award
Best Film From Any Source (tie)

Nomination
Best Foreign Actor (Vladimir Ivashov)


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