Letyat zhuravli (The Cranes are Flying) (1960)

Letyat zhuravli (The Cranes are Flying)




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Based on a play by V. Rusov, the Russian The Cranes are Flying is a love story set during the early years of World War II. With her boyfriend Boris (Alexei Batalov) on the front lines - and no sign of life from him for eons - Veronica (Tatiana Samoilova, Constantin Stanislavsky's grandniece) is raped by Boris's cousin, Fyodor (Vasily Merkuryev), during an air raid, and later accepts his marriage proposal, despite her lack of love for him - hoping that he'll eventually be able to replace her … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Viktor Rozov, V. Rozov
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On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Letyat zhuravli (The Cranes are Flying)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

It's exactly what you'd expect: tepid, artsy, and grayish.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Thanks to Mr. Kalatozov's direction and the excellent performance Tatyana Samoilova gives as the girl, one absorbs a tremendous feeling of sympathy from this film -- a feeling that has no awareness of geographical or political bounds.

Full Review… | December 8, 2003
New York Times
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A key post-war effort, both for its cinematic audacity and for its frank, moving depiction of families and lovers torn apart by violence.

Full Review… | June 11, 2002
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Letyat zhuravli (The Cranes are Flying)

Exceptional and literally glorious filmaking. The story was perhaps a bit simple: young love interrupted by the great war - three cheers for us and war is bad. But - given the place and time this was created - 1957 USSR, still pretty edgy. Dynamic camerawork sometimes takes lead role and omg beautiful actress Tatyana Smojlova was completely captivating.

Bob Stinson

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The only Russian film to ever win the Palm'dor. A beautifully photographed love in the time of war movie that's well worth your time (if you're into that sort of thing).

Ken Stachnik

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simple, melodramatic plot. this is one of the first films to venture beyond stalinist restrictions and is quite personal. amazing editing and hand-held camera shots adeptly express or underscore emotions of the characters.

Stefanie C

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