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Uniquely poignant. this film has countless memorable scenes due to its visuals, Kalatozov's directorial approach, mise-en-scene and careful attention to detail and last but not least Tatyana Samojlova's performance. Urusevsky - an often forgotten colossus in cinematography. The man's work on this film and Soy Cuba, speaks for itself.
The sense of missed connections and complete futility is completely heartbreaking - I could have done without the moral black and white, but the storytelling and the depths that Veronica plunges into means that this movie could very possibly change the whole way I see war.
a friend recommended this movie to me. my first russian film, and it rightfully deserved the Palm d'Or. both heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. it will always be one of my favourite films.
1958 Palme D'or winner holds up as the classic it is. A wonderful picture framed by a tragic romance with underlying statements regarding nationalism, family and opportunists. A product of its time in terms of having a nationalistic agenda but certainly not in anyway overcome by it. The performance by Tatyana Samojlova is divine. The black and white cinematography gorgeous especially the departure scene.
the first masterpiece produced within the 'goskino' era of soviet cinema. a film about the intensity of emotion, the betrayal and the deceit war brings. outstanding visuals here, in terms of lighting and cinematography. fine acting and a series of twists, which cannot be predicted mark this out as a true masterwork. furthermore, comments on the difference between those who fought and those who did not.
Good cinematography, with odd angles but also with accurate decisions on visuals when needed. I'd add to Alysson's remarks, the bombing outside the hall, with Mark playing piano with all the noises and lights outside. For instance, SAmojlova's performance lacks the emotion required, or at least, I don't find the kind of innocence needed for empathy. Comparing to the principal characters on Ballad of a Soldier, for example, I'm not touched that much.
"The Cranes Are Flying" has one of the most beautiful orchestrated camera shots I have ever seen on screen as it contained heartbreaking compositions in an exceptional brilliance.
Sorry... this kind of melodrama wasn't needed in 1957 and it isn't needed now. Cannes will eat up garish cinematography, poetry lacking all subtlety, and overbearing morality as long as it is accompanied by a few moments of inspired cinematic art. Unfortunately that doesn't make it a good movie. Joseph Heifitz is the real genius of that era.
[SPOILER] The movie has some of the most beautiful scenes in the movie history - such as the opening one, the destroyed building, the death of Boris, and the Veronica's suicidal atempt.
Deeply moving, well acted, beautifully photographed anti war love drama. Stunning camera work at train station departure scene. Exquisite finale sequence. Cinema at its best.
There is unspeakable beauty found in many of Mr. Kalatozov's scenes, none however more worthy of remark than those focused in upon the eyes of Ms. Tatyana Samojlova. Her performance represents the film as a whole; having austerity without coldness. Highly Recommended.