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    Ballad of a Soldier

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    Released

    1960

    Runtime

    85

    Ballad of a Soldier

    What's it About

    In Russia's darkest days during World War 2, young Russian soldier Alyosha (Ivashov) distinguishes himself in battle, and earns himself a six day furlough home to see his mother, whose roof needs repairing. But in this chaotic, war-torn nation, there is no guarantee Alyosha will reach her in time. Along the way, however, he will undergo a range of poignant, heart-rending experiences, including a brush with romance.

    Why we love it

    Chukhrai'sintimate, small masterpiece contains a wrenching hope for life and humanity in the figure of the innocent, Alyosha, even as he traverses a homeland under siege to see his beloved mother, perhaps for the last time. The director's stark yet lyrical camera work complement top-flight performances, notably Ivaslov in the central role and Zhanna Prokhorenko, adorable as love interest Shura. Don't miss that indelible ending sequence in this touching "Ballad."

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