The Cranes Are Flying (Letyat zhuravli)

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In Brief: Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov (I Am Cuba), The Cranes Are Flying (1957) is the only Russian film ever to win the coveted Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival — and not without good reason. This postwar melodrama eschews the traditional rigidity of Russian formalist montage techniques in favor of a more free-flowing camera, which perfectly showcases an excellent performance from Tatiana Samoilova. It's as moving as anything Hollywood was putting out at the time — and for a Soviet film of its era, it's not as downbeat as it could have been.
Genre: Drama
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Starring: TatIana Samojlova, Aleksey Batalov, Vaseli Merkuryev, Aleksandr Shvorin
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show on The Cranes Are Flying Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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