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Ballad of a Soldier (The Criterion Collection)
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This is also one of the most beautiful love stories you will ever see. One of the people he meets on his trip home is a beautiful young girl named Shura. The scene on the train with the vast birch forest passing by in the background is the single most beautiful love scene ever filmed. No nudity, no sex. You long for the two to kiss to consumate their love.
This is not so much an anti-war film as a film about the great human tragedy that results from war. (I'm not sure, but I think there is a difference.) Be sure to get the sub-titled version of the movie. I've seen both dubbed and sub-titled and the sub-titled is far superior.
I can't recommend this movie high enough. This, along with Fiddler on the Roof and The Wind and the Lion, are my all-time favorites and I wouldn't want to try to pick a favorite amongst the three. But if I did, I think Ballad of a Soldier would get the nod.
By the way, you WILL cry! I remember seeing it at a movie theater in Cambridge Mass. in the mid-seventies. Several people leaving at the end of the movie were visibly crying while proclaiming that they never cry at movies.
Most in the West think the United States and allies "won" WWII. Nothing could be further from the truth. Germany invaded Russia on June 22, 1941, and proceeded to destroy their country and over 28 million Russian citizens and soldiers. The battles on the Eastern Front were of such breadth and scope that no comparison is possible in history. For example, in the famous 1943 battle of Kursk (remember the Russian sub?), up to 6,000 total tanks battled over a 200-mile front that resulted in a million deaths. This adventure took about 10 days. Stalingrad alone was the beginning of the end for the Germans, resulting in 160,000 dead and 500,000 taken prisoner. The savagery there was literally unspeakable and horrible, and the losses by the Russians were horrendous. Behind the Russians was the butcher Stalin, and in front of them were the Germans, yet in spite of these evils, the Russian people rose up with an incredible sense of protecting their motherland. When the war in the East was over in 1945, the Red Army had destroyed, disabled, or captured 607 German and Axis divisions; Americans and allies, from Africa to Berlin, destroyed a total of 167 enemy divisions. Their total deaths numbered around 8 million. Total American deaths in Europe numbered around 300,000.Read more ›
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This is a typicasl Russian feel good aboput the motherland film. For this reason alone it is worth watching, if only to get an insight into the way the Russian cinema was used for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jack n.
I've got 3 copies in 3 different formats; even a laser disc. This is one great movie.Published 12 months ago by David Burrous
A great oldie black & white Russian film-classic , for those who know Russian What can I say, everytime I showed it to my Russian classes , I cried to myself at the end of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by bob
'Ballad of a Soldier' is a very powerful and poignant protest against the horror and futility of war. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sevencrystalballs
A unique product of the Soviet Era film productions. Forget the slight political "statements" and one will be totally immersed in its emotional and romantic aspect. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Mark Myslinski
Grigori Chukhray's movie is still highly topical. It is one of the best anti-war films ever made. It reveals in a most outspoken way the human faces behind the bloodshed. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Luc REYNAERT
I've always liked this movie and the sweet simple story and a young Russian solider who gets a chance to go home for a day or two and his adventures. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by margaret todd
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