The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) (1960)

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Based on a play by V. Rusov, this Russian film is a love story set during the early years of WWII. Widowed by the war, Tatyana Samoylova reluctantly marries her late husband's cousin, hoping that he'll be a surrogate for her fallen spouse.

Cast

Vasily Merkuryev
as Fyodor Ivanovich
Vasiliy Merkurev
as Fyodor Ivanovich
Antonina Bogdanova
as Grandmother
B. Kokobkin
as Tyernov
Ekaterina Kupriyanova
as Anna Mikhailovna
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Critic Reviews for The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A key post-war effort, both for its cinematic audacity and for its frank, moving depiction of families and lovers torn apart by violence.

June 11, 2002
AV Club
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] The visual simplicity that Kalatozov uses to establish the story allows the filmmaker to gradually - painstakingly - develop the film's thematic complexity toward a psychological and emotional crescendo...

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
ColeSmithey.com

A film of thunderbolts, volcanic partings and reunions, eyes that flash at the viewer

Full Review… | November 22, 2010
CinePassion

Wow!

September 13, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Audience Reviews for The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli)

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
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

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
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

½

SPOILER ALERT (I hate saying that, but I think that a lot of people should see this movie and I don't want to ruin it for anyone). The story was simple, but played out with great technique and a lot of cool surprises along the way that made it original. I love the lead actress, I thought she played the part extremely well and brought a great humanistic quality to the character. The cinematography was outstanding and there are some things done in this film that I have no idea how they did it. I guess my problem with it is (and it's a really petty one) is that if this girl was so in love with this guy who went off to war, why the fuck is she marrying his cousin? I mean, I understand it was a chaotic time, but come on! But like I said, really petty, but I highly recommend this film to everyone.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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