The Chronicle of Flaming Years

TitleThe Chronicle of Flaming Years
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1961
AuthorsSolntseva, Yulia
Running Time91 minutes
Date Released02/1961
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian, German

In this visually arresting film filled with breathtaking battle sequences, director Yuliya Solntseva explores the apocalyptic effects of World War II on the Ukrainian people and countryside. Conflict, chaos, and destruction surround Ivan Orlyukov, a young soldier in the Red Army. His fierce commitment to pushing the Germans back finally leads him to walk victoriously through the Brandenburg Gate. Solntseva also pays attention to the devastating effects of war on civilians, including Orlyukov's parents, young women, and children, as well as how war creates insanity among German and Russian officers and soldiers.


Boris Andreev

Antonina Bogdanova

Evgenii Bondarenko

Vera Kapustina

Zinaida Kirienko

Sergei Lukianov


Produced by Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Directed by Yuliya Solntseva

Written by Aleksandr Dovzhenko

Cinematography by Fyodor Provorov and Aleksei Temerin

Music by Gavriil Popov


Drama, War

Alternate TitleThe Story of Flaming Years/Flaming Years
Original PublicationПовесть пламенных лет/Povest plamennykh let
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This is the second film in Yuliya Solntseva’s "Ukrainian Trilogy," between Poem of the Sea and The Enchanted Desna. Yuliya Solntseva won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961 for this film, the first woman to do so.

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