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Ballad of a Soldier (DVD NTSC)

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Studio(s): Ruscico, MosFilm
DVD Region: ALL

Theatrical release: 1959
DVD release: 2001
Sound format(s): Dolby Digital 5.1
Language(s): Russian, English, French
Subtitles: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, English, German, Russian
Format: 4:3
Genre(s): Drama, World War II

This film had a triumphant run over the world’s movie screens. The main hero is a Russian soldier, Alyosha Skvortsov, one of the many who made the victory over Fascism possible. He is neither an action movie hero, nor a conqueror. This simple boy, who was panic-stricken at the first sight of an enemy tank, overcomes his fear and manages to hit two enemy machines. However, battle scenes do not take much of the film’s time. For his fighting exploits Alyosha is awarded a two-day’s leave to visit his mother. He meets many different people on his way and is ready to help everybody. That leaves him just a few minutes to spend with his mother – a few words, a hug, and he is off for the front again… to never come back.

Special Freatures: Pictures and filmography of the film’s authors; Candids from the shooting ground; An interview with the director G. Chukhrai; Newsreels of the 1941 parade in Red Square.

Director:
Grigorij Chukhraj

Script:
Grigorij Chukhraj, Valentin Ezhov

Camera:
Vladimir Nikolaev, Era Savel'eva

Music:
Mikhail Ziv

Cast:
Vladimir Ivashov, Nikolaj Kryuchkov, Evgenij Evstigneev, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova, Evgenij Urbanskij, Gennadij Yukhtin, Georgij Yumatov, Valentina Telegina, Lev Borisov, Yurij Dubrovin, Vladimir Kashpur, Aleksandr K. Kuznetsov, El'za Lezhdej

Sound producer:
Veniamin Kirshenbaum