• Soviet Union
  • 1966
  • 85 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  •  

For her first feature after graduating from the All-Russian State Institute for Cinematography (VGIK), Larisa Shepitko trained her lens on the fascinating Russian character actress Maya Bulgakova, who gives a marvelous performance as a once heroic Russian fighter pilot now living a quiet, disappointingly ordinary life as a school principal. Subtly portraying one woman’s desperation with elegant, spare camera work and casual, fluid storytelling, Shepitko, with Wings, announced herself as an important new voice in Soviet cinema.

Cast

Nadezhda PetrukhinaMaya Bulgakova
TanyaZhanna Bolotova
Pavel GavrilovichPantelemion Krymov
Mitya GrachovLeonid Dyachkov
IgorVladimir Gorelov
Boris GrigoryevichYury Medvedev
Kostya ShuvalovNikolay Grabbe

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Film Essays

Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko

By Michael Koresky August 11, 2008

Of all the dazzlingly talented filmmakers to emerge from the Soviet Union, Larisa Shepitko has remained one of the least widely known. While many of her film school contemporaries, including . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Eclipse Series 11: Larisa Shepitko

By Michael Koresky August 11, 2008

Of all the dazzlingly talented filmmakers to emerge from the Soviet Union, Larisa Shepitko has remained one of the least widely known. While many of her film school contemporaries, including . . . Read more »

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