Sunday, May 24, 2009

"The Cranes Are Flying" (1957, Dir: Mikhail Kalatozov)

Sweeping Russian war/romance manages to provide big, filling, old-Hollywood-style entertainment while cutting to the core emotionally multiple times. Camerawork is brilliant, with some great use of light and shadow and magnificent tracking shots.

Grade: A+


J.D. said...

Tatyana Samojlova = perfection.

Slayton said...

It wasn't so much her that I liked (although she reminded me of Bjork which is always a good thing) so much as the pristine direction and amazing use of tracking shots.