THE CRANES ARE FLYING (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957)

World War II breaks out, disrupting the romance between Veronika and Boris, who volunteers for military service and is sent to the front. Mikhail Kalatozov’s Letyat zhuravli, which took the top prize at Cannes, is of historical importance. Benefiting from the post-Stalin relaxation of strict imperatives in Soviet cinema, it is able to focus on […]