Directed by Grigori Chukhrai • 1959 • Soviet Union
Starring Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova
Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is granted a visit with his mother after he single-handedly fends off two enemy tanks. As he journeys home, Alyosha encounters the devastation of his war-torn country, witnesses glimmers of hope among the people, and falls in love. With its poetic visual imagery, Grigori Chukhrai’s BALLAD OF A SOLDIER is an unconventional meditation on the effects of war, and a milestone in Russian cinema.
Grigori Chukhrai and Actors on BALLAD OF A SOLDIER
This interview with director/co-screenwriter Grigori Chukhrai and actors Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko was conducted by Gideon Bachmann for “Film Art” on radio station WBAI at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York, after a special preview screening of BALLAD OF A SOLDIER.