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This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of Veronica and Boris, a couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. With Boris at the front, Veronica must try to ward off spiritual numbness and defend herself from the increasingly forceful advances of her beau's draft-dodging cousin. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances and viscerally emotional, gravity-defying cinematography by Kalatozov's regular collaborator Sergei Urusevsky.

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Director Mikhail Kalatozov
Actor Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksei Batalov, Vassili Merkouriev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Svetlana Kharitonova, Konstantin Kadochnikov, Valentin Zubkov, Antonina Bogdanova
Genre Drama
Content DVD
FSK / age rating from age 12
Publication date 22.10.2010
Audio English
Length 90 Minutes
Year of production 1957
Original title Letyat zhuravli (Russian)
Region code 2

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    Written on 29. April 2007 by edio.
    This customer review refers to a alternative version.

    Capolavoro assoluto, uno dei migliore film di sempre !

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