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1,806 Ratings

The Cranes Are Flying

Летят журавли

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Soviet Union, 1957
Drama, Romance


Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. The Soviet cinema classic The Cranes Are Flying won the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival.

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The Cranes Are Flying Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

Critics reviews

The Cranes are Flying (1957), for all its poetry, is almost too colossal, too vast in scale, too much a monument to its own splendor and audaciousness. . . . Kalatozov works wonders with the silence shared by lovers, the way that intimacy transforms even the drabbest of domestic spaces. It’s a bracing experience, despite some reservations.
March 13, 2018
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There is nothing exceptional about [Boris or Veronica] – nothing, that is, except their shared sensitivity, spontaneity, and sincerity. It is these qualities that endear them to us in the first, joyful scenes of the film and allow us to experience the irruption of the war as a violation not only of the peaceful world order but also of their personal idyll.
December 14, 2017
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