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.
Haven't expected for a moment this would be so cold. To employ a J. Kristeva disjunction, "Cranes" is symbolic (carries a structure & fine editing acc. to best standards; is adamant about the martially Utopian, off-front line circumscription of civilian duty as in an unintentional "Meine Ehre heißt Treue" which makes it less detestable than Mizoguchi's "Poppies" though) but never semiotic (poetic, musical, feminine).
**1/2. Not bad, with a few good scenes like Boris's death for instance. But, as a whole, the film is very conventional. It could have been very lyrical. Unfortunately it isn't. Seen once in order not to die stupid. A DVD zone immortal classical movies that should be re-evaluated.
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.