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Ballad of a Soldier
Directed by Grigori Chukhrai • 1959 • Soviet Union
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.