Mikhail Kalatozov

The Cranes Are Flying

The Cranes Are Flying

This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of Veronica and Boris, a couple who are blissfully in love until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. With Boris at the front, Veronica must try to ward off spiritual numbness and defend herself from the increasingly forceful advances of her beau’s draft-dodging cousin. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival, The Cranes Are Flying is a superbly crafted drama with impassioned performances and viscerally emotional, gravity-defying cinematography by Kalatozov’s regular collaborator Sergei Urusevsky.

Film Info

  • Mikhail Kalatozov
  • Soviet Union
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #146

Special Features

  • 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

Cover design by Century.Studio

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Mar 24, 2020

Special Features

  • 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

Cover design by Century.Studio

The Cranes Are Flying
Cast
Tatiana Samoilova
Veronika
Alexei Batalov
Boris
Vasili Merkuryev
Fyodor Ivanovich
Aleksandr Shvorin
Mark
Svetlana Kharitonova
Irina
Credits
Director
Mikhail Kalatozov
Screenplay
Viktor Rozov
Producer
Mikhail Kalatozov
Music
Moisey Vaynberg
Cinematography
Sergei Urusevsky
Editing
Mariya Timofeyeva
Production design
Yevgeni Svidetelev

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