Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he singlehandedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.—The Criterion Collection
Grigori Naumovich Chukhrai (Russian: Григорий Наумович Чухрай, Ukrainian: Григорiй Наумович Чухрай; 23 May 1921 – 29 October 2001) was a prominent Soviet film director and screenwriter. He is the father of director Pavel Chukhrai.
He was born in Melitopol in the Zaporizhia Oblast of Ukraine. A decorated veteran of World War II, Chukhrai’s wartime experiences profoundly affected him and the majority of his films were connected with events of the war.
At war’s end, he studied filmmaking at the Soviet State Film School and then developed his craft as a director’s assistant at the Kiev Film Studio. By the mid 1950s, he began writing and directing his own films, gaining cinematic recognition outside the Soviet Union at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival with his film Sorok pervyj (The Forty-first).
In 1959, Chukhrai co-wrote and directed his greatest work, Ballad of a Soldier. A story of love and the tragedy of war made without the usual Soviet propaganda, the film received… read more
Saw this just one week after watching Kalatozov's 1957 masterpiece The Cranes are Flying, I urge anyone to do the same. There are many interesting similarities between the two films. Both are poetic meditations about what effects war has, in Cranes on the family and friends of a soldier and in Ballad on the towns, the landscapes and the citizens who populate the war-torn area. Many unforgettable scenes, a real treat!
Honestly less engaging than I hoped it would be but by no means a bad movie. Loved the visuals very much but I couldn't get connect to the central character at all. Good story, great visuals, just wish it did more for me emotionally.
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The title of the film “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” apparently doesn’t apply to “Ballad of a Soldier,” the tear-jerker. Sentimentality may have some place in cinema, but Ballad comes across as… read review