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The Cranes are Flying (Letyat zhuravli) Reviews

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May 21, 2014
[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 | Original Score: A+
November 22, 2010
A film of thunderbolts, volcanic partings and reunions, eyes that flash at the viewer
September 13, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
June 16, 2007
Moving melodramatic war movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 19, 2007
It's exactly what you'd expect: tepid, artsy, and grayish.
August 29, 2006
A beautiful performance is given by the gorgeous Samoilova, the great-niece of Stanislavsky and daughter of an actor father, Yevgeni Samoilov.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 20, 2006
dazzling, magnificently made
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 4, 2006
...these lyrical visuals (and some splendid performances) transform a story that would otherwise be thin melodrama into a confident and polished film packing an impressive amount of visual and emotional material into its 95 minutes.
December 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 2, 2003
Lovely, humane and heartbreaking
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 9, 2002
Ranks among the best war movies ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 94/100
September 5, 2002
In the rich Russian tradition founded by Eisenstein ..., director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky leave a visually pleasing treasure
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 13, 2002
tells an old, melodramatic war story in visual terms that are so striking and evocative that you are able to overlook the plot ellipses, contrivances, and cliches
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 11, 2002
A key post-war effort, both for its cinematic audacity and for its frank, moving depiction of families and lovers torn apart by violence.
April 21, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 6/6
February 18, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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