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Soviet Union 97m, B&W
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov; Cast: Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev
The Cranes are Flying is an anti-war drama about World War II from a Soviet perspective which commemorates the millions of Russian lives that were lost. It is also a tragic melodrama about love, seduction and betrayal, and the countless sacrifices made by the motherland’s citizens. A beautifully crafted film that utilizes expressionist camera angles, light and shadow, and montage, Kalatozov is more concerned with portraying the human consequences of war, than the war itself (Klaus Ming May 2016).