The cranes are flying

The cranes are flying

Leti͡at zhuravli

DVD - 2002 | Russian
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When Veronica's lover, Boris, goes to war, she moves in with Boris' family. His cousin seduces her and out of guilt she marrys him. Unhappy in her marriage and still in love with Boris she leaves her husband to wait for Boris to return. Later she learns Boris has been killed in the war.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Criterion Collection, [2002]
Edition: Full screen ed.
ISBN: 9780780025684
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 17, 2015

A very moving story, loved the simple and elegant camera sequences as well.

Jan 17, 2015

Striking use of light and composition coupled with an intelligent script lift this film far above the usual war-time weeper and turn it into a piercing study of the human heart. Kalatozov uses the camera as an artist uses his brush, treating us to some of cinema’s more amazing attempted seduction during a night-time air raid; a dying soldier’s vision of the wedding he’ll never have; a woman quietly grieving her dead lover in the midst of a joyous crowd....the list continues, and it is impressive. Free from the overt government propaganda of earlier Soviet films and staunchly avoiding maudlin sentimentality, “The Cranes are Flying” remains a powerful and mature work fifty years after it was first released.

RustyRook Jun 09, 2012

The movie succeeds because it does what it does very simply and well. Still, there's some flair in the cinematography - Squirrel really earns her name the way she does. Some of the best scenes in the movie are ones with the characters in motion. There's also whimsy in places, but the actors carry those scenes easily.

Oct 07, 2009

What a marvelous creation: poetic, heart-breaking, original, visually arresting. It deals with people making difficult choices in difficult times.


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Apr 17, 2015

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