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Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he singlehandedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.
Grigory Chukhraj's poetic odyssey of an accidental hero on a six-day pass is a sentimental journey through the ideals of the Soviet state in World War II. Vladimir Ivashov is the fresh-faced signalman whose trip from the Russian front to visit his white-haired mother becomes a series of detours as he stops to help the loyal comrades, fellow soldiers, and salt-of-the-earth civilians (as well as a few shirkers and scoundrels) he meets along the way. On a transport train he even falls in love with a pretty young stowaway, a feisty blond girl-next-door on her way to visit a wounded boyfriend. Delicately photographed and gently paced, this deliriously romantic road movie is undeniably Soviet in its celebration of patriotism and collectivism, but Chukhraj transcends politics with delightfully vivid characters and a deft mix of comedy, melodrama, and romance. --Sean Axmaker
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 3 months ago by jack n.
I've got 3 copies in 3 different formats; even a laser disc. This is one great movie.Published 8 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 12 months ago by bob
'Ballad of a Soldier' is a very powerful and poignant protest against the horror and futility of war. Read morePublished 14 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 21 months ago 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