Letyat zhuravli / The Cranes are Flying

TitleLetyat zhuravli / The Cranes are Flying
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsKalatozov, Mikhail
Running Time97 min
Date Released10/12/1957
DistributorGoskino USSR
CountrySoviet Union
Publication LanguageRussian

The Cranes Are Flying is a 1957 Soviet film about World War II. It depicts the cruelty of war and the damage done to the Soviet psyche as a result of war, which was known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War (1941–1945). As the clouds of war spread over Russia during Germany's surprise invasion in 1941, two fervent young lovers, Veronika and Boris, are parted when the Boris secretly volunteers for the war effort. During the following years, Veronika, who serves her country as a wartime-nurse, will lose communication with Boris after a devastating air raid destroys her house. Veronika soon finds herself dealing not only with the dark thoughts of Boris' potential loss but also with the burden of an unwelcome decision. Adapted by Viktor Rozov from his play, the film won the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, the only Soviet film to win that award.

Original PublicationЛетят журавли
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