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The Cranes Are Flying

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Genres: Drama, Romance, War
Starring: Vasily Merkuryev, Svetlana Kharitonova, Alexander Shvorin, Tatyana Samoilova, Tatiana Samoilova
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Plot Synopsis:

This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of Veronica and Boris, a couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. With Boris at the front, Veronica must try to ward off spiritual numbness and defend herself from the increasingly forceful advances of her beau's draft-dodging cousin. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances and viscerally emotional, gravity-defying cinematography by Kalatozov's regular collaborator Sergei Urusevsky.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: March 24th, 2020
    Movie Release Year: 1957
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion Collection
  • Technical Specs
    Length:96 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Russian: PCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:
    • New interview with scholar Ian Christie on why the film is a landmark of Soviet cinema
    • Audio interview from 1961 with director Mikhail Kalatozov
    • Hurricane Kalatozov, a documentary from 2009 on the Georgian director’s complex relationship with the Soviet government
    • Segment from a 2008 program about the film’s cinematography, featuring original storyboards and an interview with actor Alexei Batalov
    • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker Claude Lelouch on the film’s French premiere at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara