CRANES ARE FLYING – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (PG) 1957 RUSSIA KALATOZOV, MIKHAIL BLU RAY ONLY £22.99
Newly restored version of this landmark film of the post-Stalin Soviet Union.
Young Moscow couple Veronika and Boris are deeply in love, but are separated when Boris volunteers to join the army during World War II. While she waits for her lover to return, Veronika is raped by his cousin, Fyodor, and later – having become resigned to the fact that Boris will never return – agrees to marry him.
New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview with scholar Ian Christie on why the film is a landmark of Soviet cinema
Audio interview from 1961 with director Mikhail Kalatozov
Hurricane Kalatozov, a documentary from 2009 on the Georgian director’s complex relationship with the Soviet government
Segment from a 2008 program about the film’s cinematography, featuring original storyboards and an interview with actor Alexei Batalov
Interview from 2001 with filmmaker Claude Lelouch on the film’s French premiere at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara
In Russian with English subtitles
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