THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD, PART I (Vladimir Petrov, 1949)

Although the second part (1950) is thinner and somewhat mechanical, even stilted at points, Vladimir Petrov’s Stalingradskaya bitva I is tremendous, full of dark, turbulent poetry as a nation’s survival, according to recent history, hangs in the balance. Perhaps this pressing danger helps explain why the first part is superior to the second, where the […]