"The Cranes are Flying"
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
A film that marked a
radical lightness for Soviet cinema; the romantic, lyrical story of a beautiful young girl
(Tatiana Samoilova) caught up in the horrors of war. After her fiance (Alexei Batalov)
goes off to war, she is raped by his cousin and, fearing that she is ruined for any other
man, she marries the man who raped her. She is evacuated to Siberia, and refuses to
believe the news of her true love's death. Mikhail Kolotozov won the Golden Palm at Cannes
International Film Festival with Tatiana Samoilova winning Special Mention (1958). Russian
with English subtitles.