The city of Leningrad and the blockade during the Second World War. No words. No music. Only sounds and black and white images of a dying city.
The power of the film lies in its minimalist ambient approach. No Narrator telling you what the film-maker wants you to know. No dramatic music to overlay the images.
One could say that the greatest technical contribution came from the Foley artists and their effective application of natural effects. Furthermore, the long lasting shots with very little editor's intrusion, capture the tedium of everyday survival. The film gives centre stage to the 'common people' going about their daily lives in degenerating circumstances.