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War Torn: Russian-Style

The collateral damage of war is expressed through its effects on women and children in these two fine films. Among others, these films helped to forge a new post-war era in Russian filmmaking. This period of storytelling often revealed a balance in poetic realism, which filtered grim overtones through lyrical human empathy.

The Cranes Are Flying

The Cranes Are Flying(1958) is directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. The war interrupts a budding relationship when Boris volunteers to fight against the Germans. The film focuses on the girl’s wait for her lover’s return. Kalatozov takes a modern approach by incorporating unusual camera angles and interesting lighting schemes throughout. The Cranes Are Flying garnished many awards all over the world.

Ivan's Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood (1962) is renowned director Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature film. It is an immensely mature work for anyone’s debut effort. A young boy is proactive in the fight for his country despite his tender age. His survival skills and unrelenting determination are harrowing to say the least. The film is beautifully shot and justly placed Tarkvovsky into the forefront among his many peers.

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Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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