Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ballad of a Soldier (1961)

Notes: 11/7/10
From the beginning, I suspect this will be a tearjerker.
Impressive cinematography.
Interesting Russian point of view of WWII.
Simple story with some very emotional moments.
I can't imagine what it was like to be separated so completely from people.
Devastating in parts.
Thoughtful vignettes about separation, isolation, and reunion.

Review: B+
Thoughtful vignettes about separation, isolation, and reunion set in Russia during WWII. Simple story of a young Russian soldier taking leave from battle is full of some very emotional moments. It's difficult not to relate to the young man as he meets fellow soldiers, a potential love interest, and his mother, with often devastating results. The cinematography is nicely done.

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