Monday, May 2, 2016

The Cranes are Flying

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The movie The Cranes are Flying is a 1957 Soviet film about World War 2 that depicts the harsh reality that was the Eastern Front (or Western Front for the Soviets) during World War 2, and depicts how the Soviet psyche was damaged by this very destructive war. For the Soviet Union, World War 2 was known as the Great Patriotic War because the Soviets had to push back the Nazis from Russian land after Operation Barbarossa, the mass invasion of Russia. It is the only Soviet film that won the Palme d'Or at the 1958 Cannes Film Festival. The film has been celebrated and praised throughout Europe for its heroine and complex characters.

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