The Cranes are Flying

TitleThe Cranes are Flying
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsKalatozov, Mikhail
Running Time97 min
Date Released1957
DistributorWarner Bros. Pictures
CountrySoviet Union
Publication Languagerussian

Winner of the prestigious Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes are Flying represented a new Soviet style of filmmaking following Stalin's death. Veronica loses her lover Boris to World War II, but she moves in with his family. Boris's cousin rapes her, forcing Veronica to marry him due to guilt, shame, and propriety. Veronica's experience in the war broadly represented the sacrifices and losses Soviet women experienced.


Tatyana Samojlova

Aleksey Batalov

Vasili Merkuryev


directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

screenplay by Viktor Rozov

cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky

music by Moisei Vainberg


War, Drama

Alternate TitleLetyat zhuravli
Original PublicationЛетят журавли
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