Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Cranes Are Flying (1957)

Cannes Film Festival 1958

Palme d'Or
Mikhail Kalatozov
Special Mention
Tatyana Samoylova

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Criterion Collection)

Two young lovers in Moscow are separated when he volunteers for the war. During his absence, she is raped by a family friend and shamed into marriage. Her lover goes missing in action and it is not until the end of the war that she finds out if he is alive or dead. Melodramatic tendencies overshadowed by powerful war allegory and masterful camerawork of Sergey Urusevskiy, with handheld scenes anticipating the French new wave.

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