Ballad of a Soldier [Criterion Collection]

Ballad of a Soldier [Criterion Collection]

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray, Grigory Chukhari Cast: Vladimir Ivashov
Vladimir Ivashov
, Zhanna Prokhorenko
Zhanna Prokhorenko
, Nikolay Kryuchkov
Nikolay Kryuchkov
Grigoriy Chukhray
Ballad of a Soldier [Criterion Collection]

Ballad of a Soldier [Criterion Collection]

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray, Grigory Chukhari Cast: Vladimir Ivashov
Vladimir Ivashov
, Zhanna Prokhorenko
Zhanna Prokhorenko
, Nikolay Kryuchkov
Nikolay Kryuchkov
Grigoriy Chukhray

DVD (Black & White)

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Overview

Visually stunning and emotionally gripping, Grigori Chukhrai's poetic masterpiece Ballad of a Soldier has been given an equally important release from the Criterion Collection. The film's brilliant black-and-white cinematography has been given an excellent digital upgrade, as has the Russian-language soundtrack. The image is consistently clear and sharp, with very little grain visible. The mono soundtrack (with optional English-language subtitles) occasionally shows its age, but it is nevertheless in excellent shape. The disc also contains some fantastic radio interviews from the New York preview screening in 1960 with director Chukhrai and stars Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko. The three separate interviews are fascinating, and occasionally heated (specifically Chukhrai's agitated manner in response to some of the questions he's being asked). The disc also contains a lengthy and worthwhile essay included in the keep-case. Although Russia's greatest cinematic antiwar testament remains Elem Klimov's devastating 1985 film Come and See, Ballad of a Soldier should be at the top of your must-see world cinema list.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2010
UPC: 0037429167922
Original Release: 1960
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 19,961

Special Features

New digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Audio interview with director/co-screenwriter Grigori Chukhrai and stars Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, conducted after a preview screening in New York; New and improved English subtitle translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vladimir Ivashov Alyosha
Zhanna Prokhorenko Shura
Nikolay Kryuchkov General
Evgeniy Urbanskiy Invalid
Antonina Maksimova Alyosha's mother
Elza Lezhdey Actor
Evgeniy Teterin Actor
Valentina Markova Actor,Actor
Marina Kremnyova Actor
Vladimir Pokrovskiy Actor
Georgiy Yumatov Actor
Gennadiy Yukhtin Actor
Yevgeny Urbansky Invalid
Valentina Telegina Actor
Ella Lezhdey Actor
Lev Borisov Actor
Anatoliy Kuznetsov Soldier Gavrilkin
Evgeniy Evstigneev Actor
Vladimir Kashpur Actor
G. Yukhtin Actor
E. Teterin Actor
Michael Siv Composer

Technical Credits
Grigoriy Chukhray Director
Grigori Chukhrai Screenwriter
Valentin Yoshov Screenwriter
Valentin Yezhov Screenwriter
Grigory Chukhari Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Son & a Hero [3:50]
2. David & Goliath [4:20]
3. Six Days' Leave [3:10]
4. A Special Present [3:25]
5. Good Deeds [4:33]
6. Gorisov [7:26]
7. Stowaways [7:38]
8. Shura [7:18]
9. Close Call [4:29]
10. Love & Friendship [4:39]
11. Separated [2:49]
12. A Good Girl [2:58]
13. 7 Chekhov Street [6:13]
14. The Present Delivered [2:37]
15. True Love [5:33]
16. Haunted [1:56]
17. "Is That Thunder?" [5:00]
18. Sosnovka [2:31]
19. Mother & Son [2:50]
20. A Soldier [4:52]
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