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THE CRANES ARE FLYING
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Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines…and then communication stops. Meanwhile, Veronica tries to ward off spiritual numbness while Boris’s draft-dodging cousin makes increasingly forceful overtures. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama, bolstered by stunning cinematography and impassioned performances.
Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov / 1957 / Soviet Union / 96 min
“Thanks to Mr. Kalatozov’s direction and the excellent performance of Tatyana Samoilova, one absorbs a tremendous feeling of sympathy from this film — a feeling that has no awareness of geographical or political bounds.” — Bosley Crowther, New York Times
“A key post-war effort, both for its cinematic audacity and for its frank, moving depiction of families and lovers torn apart by violence.” — Scott Tobias, AV Club