The Cranes Are Flying Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tatyana Samojlova, Aleksei Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev

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THE CRANES ARE FLYING is a russian movie directed in 1957 by Mikhail Kalatozov. Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Moscow, WWII. Veronika and Boris are madly in love as the german army starts invading Russia. Boris volunteers and leaves Veronika. During an air raid, Veronika's parents are killed. Completely shocked, Veronika moves to Boris father's apartment. She's seduced by Mark, the cousin of Boris, and marries him. But she still feels guilty about it and often thinks of Boris who hasn't sent a letter since his departure. Soon, Mark, her husband, is cheating on her.

A classic of russian cinema.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   war (general)    -   war, WW II Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Forest?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths

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