The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

MIKHAIL KALATOZOV Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB Original title:  Letjat Zhuravli USSR, 1957.  Mosfilm.  Screenplay by Viktor Rozov, based on his play.  Cinematography by Sergey Urusevskiy.  Produced by Mikhail Kalatozov.  Music by Moisey Vaynberg.  Production Design by Evgeniy Svidetelev.  Costume Design by Leonid Naumov.  Film Editing by Mariya Timofeeva.  Cannes Film Festival 1958.   Imagine if The Umbrellas of Cherbourg wasn’t a musical and was…

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Ballad Of A Soldier

GRIGORIY CHUKHRAY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Original title:  Ballada O Soldate 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…

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