#45 movie Around the World in 80 Movies - Russia
Oh, boy. I loved it!
It's strange. The late fifties are all about the Japanese, Americans, Bergman and Fellini. It's Hitchcock, Wilder, Kurosawa, Kobayashi, Mizogushi, and whatnot, but it's before the French wave, before Tarkovsky, and no-one talks about what other Russians were doing. Mikhail Kalatozov's The Cranes are Flying or Grigoriy Chukhray's Ballad of a Soldier are still whispered about in quiet corners of cinephile forums, and if my recent experience with the latter is anything to go by... People should shout about them from the top of their roofs!
The cinematography is excellent, the storytelling is subtle and powerful, and Chukhray had me hooked from the opening scene.…