Ballad of a Soldier Movie Review Summary

Actors: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova

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BALLAD OF A SOLDIER is a movie cowritten and directed by Grigori Chukhraj in 1959. The picture earned a nomination for the Academy Award in the "Best Writing, Story and Screenplay written directly for the Screen" category.
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The setting is Russia, during WWII. Thanks to an act of heroism, Private Aliusha Skvortsov obtains the permission to visit his mother and leave the front for 6 days. On his way home, he'll get acquainted with a crippled soldier, with the adulterous wife and the father of one of his companions of war and with a young girl whom with he'll begin an innocent love story. Because of numerous delays, he'll finally see his mother only to leave her a few moments later in order to get back to the front.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Russian Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class Kind of conflict:    -   war (general)    -   war, WW II

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   moving train    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment

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