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).
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.
**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.