Grigori Chukhrai

Ballad of a Soldier

Ballad of a Soldier

Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai's Ballad of a Soldier is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.

Film Info

  • Grigori Chukhrai
  • Soviet Union
  • 1959
  • 89 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #148

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Interview with director Grigori Chukhrai and stars Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, conducted after a preview screening in New York
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality; RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by William Logan and Amy Hoisington

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

DVD Box Set

50 Discs

$650.00

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Interview with director Grigori Chukhrai and stars Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, conducted after a preview screening in New York
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality; RSDL dual-layer edition

New cover by William Logan and Amy Hoisington

Ballad of a Soldier
Cast
Vladimir Ivashov
Alyosha Skvortsov
Zhanna Prokhorenko
Shura
Antonina Maksimova
The mother
Nikolai Kryuchkov
The general
Yevgeni Urbansky
Vasya
Credits
Director
Grigori Chukhrai
Screenplay
Grigori Chukhrai
Screenplay
Valentin Yezhov
Producer
M. Chernova
Cinematography
Vladimir Nikolayev
Cinematography
Era Savelyeva
Editing
Mariya Timofeyeva

From The Current

Ballad of a Soldier

In 1960, Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier had a triumphant tour of the international festival circuit, garnering many prizes in such far-flung places as Cannes, San Francisco, London, Teheran, and Milan before winning the Lenin Prize at home.…

By Vida Johnson


Apr 30, 2002