One Soviet movie about love and war
Enjoy Russian school tells about the film which could become an international success and win the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival
Welcome to Matryoshka’s Diary. We continue to share with you, dear Russian learners and all who are interested in Russian culture and history, with the best movies to learn the language and get the idea of how people live/lived. Last time we presented 3 amazing stories from the 1960-s. Now let’s take one step back and take a look at the capital of Russia before World War II.
“The cranes are flying” (1957) – Летят журавли
Moscow shortly before the war. Veronika and Boris blissfully fall in love. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight in the war. Boris does not stick to the promise as he is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. Lonely and emotionally fragile, Veronika is unable to wait out the war…
As for the actors, the lead female role was given to Tatiana Samoilova, also well-known for the movie Anna Karenina (1967). During the shooting, Tatiana was so ill that even fell unconscious several times. The film was the only USSR movie that could win Palme d’Or.
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