During a time where Soviet cinema was on fire, a phenomenally shot war flick focused on a kind young soldier who meets his first love on the road to visit his mother. Director Grigori was a war veteran himself and captured a close and personal side to war through the people rather than on the battlefield.
"Don't touch my bubbles!" Everything that's sweet and bitter about life that stubbornly goes on despite difficult times. Sure it's a tad melodramatic at points but we'll call it the excess of poetry. A real sweet story elegantly shot and humanely told. Grateful for it.
On a brief leave from the army, a young soldier makes his way home. Over the course of his journey, he witnesses a wide range of the human condition across Russia during World War II. "Poetic imagery" indeed. The light is beautiful. There are stunning close-ups and scenes that capture the vast landscape. The storytelling is full of emotion. I loved this film from start to finish.
Un básico del cine soviético. Chukhrai una muestra del cine como medio de adoctrinamiento. El viaje y percances de un soldado será excusa para mostrar el perfil perfecto de un héroe para el Partido Comunista. Temas como el valor, el compromiso y la martirización serán bondades que el protagonista irá aflorando. En paralelo, el filme no deja de tejer ese lado humano. Una estética simbólica que embellece lo funesto.
Despite the fact that the film is completely unrealistic, it is a beautiful slice of cinema and Chukhrai did an amazing job given his restraints. Alyosha is noble in his naivety and his journey back to his mother is a study in morals and principle. When watching this film, crying is a definite possibility.
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!