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Within the sylvan hills of Russia's Don River valley, Grigori, a fiery and cruel young Cossack, takes up with Aksiniya, the wife of a fellow warrior. The brawling beauty of Cossack village life and the violent upheaval of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution form a spectacular backdrop for a romance as real as it is tragic. Driven to deception and disgrace, the two lovers battle the condemnation of the old order and the dangers of a dawning new world.

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Quiet Flows the Don is a film of truly epic proportions, based on the Nobel prize-winning novel by Mikail Sholokov. At 5 1/2 hours long, this love story chronologically centered on the Russian Revolution is probably the most detailed account of Cossack culture that exists cinematically. Grigory Melekhov (Pyotr Glebov) is a Cossack who falls in love with a fellow soldier's wife, Askinia (Elina Bystritskaya), which causes scandal in their small village along the Don River. Askinia's husband repeatedly beats her, and when she becomes pregnant Grigory takes her away, to escape her brutal husband and Grigory's wife by arranged marriage, Nathalia (Zinaida Kiriyenko). When war hits, Grigory is drafted and leaves Askinia to care for the baby, which results in tragedy. World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution take up the bulk of the plot that details the political discrepancies between the Reds and Whites within Russian borders. Quiet Flows the Don, therefore, is as politically enlightening as it is a fascinating look at the Cossacks' rich heritage. Relentlessly slow at times, the film is indicative of the Russian affinity (in literature) for describing the human condition in excruciating detail, as a tragedy that is only sometimes relieved by love. The levels of tragedy in Quiet Flows the Don delve so deep that it is hard to watch, though one feels it worthwhile to persevere for kernels of truth nonetheless. A full DVD of extras, such as interviews with the actors and shorts about Cossack culture, make the 4-disc set feel especially complete. --Trinie Dalton

Special Features

  • "The Truth About Quiet Flows the Don"
  • "The Making of Quiet Flows the Don"
  • "The Presentation of the Nobel Prize to Mikhail Sholokhov"
  • Video interviews
  • Still galleries
  • Cast and crew filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kirienko, Daniil Ilchenko, Anastasia Filippova
  • Directors: Sergey Gerasimov
  • Writers: Sergey Gerasimov, Mikhail Sholokhov
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian (Dolby Digital 1.0), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 330 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LV6OHQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,861 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quiet Flows the Don" on IMDb

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Richardson VINE VOICE on October 17, 2008
Format: DVD
A digital remastering of the 1957 epic film, with English subtitles. The original international release of the film cut it to just over 100 minutes. This is the full director's cut: 330 minutes. As rich and multi-storied as the novel, this is the Russian Gone with the Wind, a tale of love and civil war, pride and deceit. Filmed on location, it has an authentic feel and many memorable scenes. A must see. (Reviewed in Russian Life)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Loon on April 16, 2009
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I did not think it would be possible to make Mikhail Sholokhov's great novel into a movie, but I was very wrong. The movie is very moving and outstandingly deep. It is an absolutely engrossing production with wonderful acting and production values. I recommend this film without reservation, It is one of the finest films of the Soviet era.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By SeekingTraveler VINE VOICE on June 14, 2012
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"Quiet Flows the Don" ("The Quiet Don") is a three-part film (from 1957 and 1958) based on the novel of the same name by Mikhail Sholokhov (who won 1965 Nobel Prize for Literature). The novel was originally translated in two parts: "The Quiet Don" and "The Don Flows Home to the Sea." This restored version of the film runs approximately 5.5 hours.

There are four DVDs in this set with one DVD for each of the three parts and one DVD for the "bonus" material. The film follows the lives of Cossacks living in a small village near the Don River during part of World War I and the Russian Revolution. The film is mostly realistic, although sprinkled with moments of exaggeration. The movie was shot on location and looks entirely authentic. The acting, cinematography, art direction, production values, and action sequences are excellent. The World War I scenes are realistic and chilling. The scenes of brutality, murder, and execution as Red and White clash during the civil war are quite disturbing. Watching the Soviet propaganda in this film gave me a flashback to days of yore. This is a great movie.

This DVD set has excellent English subtitles. The film also has subtitles in many other languages (including French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, and more). Each DVD also has English audio tracks (in other words, you may select to turn on English dubbing). I hate the English dubbing: it is as if emotionless narrators (instead of voice actors) are merely reading the script, without any effort to synchronize with lip movements. In sharp contrast, when you listen to the original Russian soundtrack, you gain a whole new dimension in understanding the characters and plot (since the actors' voices convey great emotion). I highly recommend watching this movie with the original Russian audio with the appropriate subtitle selected.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wolczo on November 30, 2010
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Having read the book some years ago, I finally got around to seeing the film over the course of three nights. It's rather long, and episodically paced like a miniseries rather than the epic feature films we're use to. Still, I enjoyed it immensely. It's difficult to pinpoint why. At first, the acting plays rather broadly, with the leads seeming a bit too old for the roles they're playing. Eventually you come to accept them as the characters they were meant to be. There are many twists and turns to the story. It doesn't have a mighty climax; it just ends. But when it's over, it's quite satisfying in its own way. What's amazing is that the book was published, and the film was allowed to be made in the first place. The added featurettes are interesting and do an excellent job of putting the entire project into perspective. If you like the film, you should definitely watch the short film commentaries. I recommend it for viewers who have an interest in Slavic history in general and Russian "Kino" in particular. It's also evident that the sections of the film were used as templates for sections of Warren Beatty's REDS. All in all, a fine choice for discerning viewers with an interest in the subject matter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nam V. Tran on October 24, 2010
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Excellent movie based on the famous novel of Russia,filmed on the land of Russia with spectacular scenes. Four DVD of this very good movie with a low price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manos Arkoulis on February 3, 2013
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While the ideology has restrictions, the beauty does not have. It was a real privilege for me to see this film. It is a work of art, the spectator is moving continuously in a table of painting, where the painter changes places and angles of view. Masterpiece, landmark of the moving picture. It re-defines the word "lyricism" in the cinema.
Of course the aesthetics is subjective affair and I speak for my personal impression.
As per the story? Greatly improves the comprehension of book, for those of us who had read the book. Extents the limits of imagination which the book generates to the reader.
Result? We have many things to learn studiing the old Soviet cinema, today that finished the cold war.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo G. Cavaliere on October 8, 2010
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This is a great dramatic historical series that covers a Cossack community on the Don River as it lives through the tumultuous times of WW1 and the Russian Revolution and post revolutionary era. It has a bit of something for everyone including battle scenes, romance, history, and wonderful costuming and scenery. You really get immersed in the times and culure of these people by watching this series.
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This was a very interesting movie to watch ( I loved the long curly forelocks that the men had ). The period is just before, during, and following World War I. It shows the strife between the Red and White Armies during the Russian Revolution. The acting is sometimes comical and overly dramatic but this movie was made in the 50s.
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