BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (BALLADA O SOLDATE)
A screen adaptation of the poetic fairy tale by Alexander Grin.
In a small fishermenâ€™s village there lived the reclusive Longren with his daughter.
Once an experienced sailor, he was now retired and raising alone his little Assol. The neighbors avoided Longrenâ€™s house, holding him for an unsociable and vicious person. However, he and his daughter were just not like the others, and only one man could discern this. That man was a brave sailor named Gray who made Assolâ€™s fondest wish come true. Since her childhood she had been waiting for a man that would come to her on a ship under crimson sailsâ€¦
Debuting in the principal role was the talented actress Anastasia Vertinskaya.
Awards: Prize for Best Competition Film Program (along with the film â€śLady With a Dogâ€ť) and Prize for Best Film For Youth at the Cannes IFF, 1960; Golden Gate Award â€“ the first prize at the San Francisco IFF, 1960; David Donatello Prize for the Best Foreign-Language Film in Italy; Grand Prize at the London IFF, 1960; Oscar nomination of Valentin Yezhov and Grigory Chukhrai for Best Original Screenplay, 1961
Specials: Pictures and filmography of the filmâ€™s authors
Candids from the shooting ground
An interview with the director G. Chukhrai
Newsreels of the 1941 parade in Red Square.
Title: BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (BALLADA O SOLDATE)
DVD Manufacturer: RUSCICO
Year of release: 1959
Director: Grigory Chukhrai
Cast:Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maximova, Nikolai Kriuchkov, Yevgheny Urbansky
Running time: 90 min
Russian, English, French
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