Актеры: Tatyana Samojlova (as Veronika (as T. Samojlova)), Aleksei Batalov (as Boris), Vasili Merkuryev (as Fyodor Ivanovich (as V. Merkuryev)), Aleksandr Shvorin (as Mark (as A. Shvorin)), Svetlana Kharitonova (as Irina (as S. Kharitonova)), Konstantin Nikitin (as Volodya (as K. Nikitin)), Valentin Zubkov (as Stepan (as V. Zubkov)), Antonina Bogdanova (as Grandmother (as A. Bogdanova)), Boris Kokovkin (as Tyernov (as B. Kokovkin)), Yekaterina Kupriyanova (as Anna Mikhajlovna (as Ye. Kupriyanova)), Valentina Ananyina, O. Dzisko, Klarina Frolova, L. Knyazev, Yu. Kulikov, Daniil Netrebin, Aleksandr Popov, I. Preis, T. Shamshurin, Nikolai Smorchkov, Galina Stepanova, Valentina Vladimirova
Описание: По пьесе В. Розова "Вечно живые". Борис (Баталов) ушел добровольцем на фронт, а его невеста Вероника (Самойлова) изменила ему с их общим другом-пианистом Марком, получившим "бронь", воспользовавшись блатом. Изменила во время бомбежки, от одиночества и страха, по-человеческой слабости. Осознав содеянное ушла из дома, жила, как все, тяжело, лелея надежду, что, может быть, вернется. Посмотрите картину "Жестокое лето" итальянца Валерио Дзурлини - он, наверняка, видел наших "Журавлей". Единственный советский фильм, попавший в лидеры кинопроката Франции, получил Золотую пальмовую ветвь в Канне (1958). Призк ВКФ-58 (Москва); Локарно-58; Ванкувер-58; Мехико-58. (Иванов М.)
Рецензии: The cast perform well, the star is lovely; the photography is perfect, and any particular scene that I can recall – and I think I can recall most of them – is strong. There's no denying this is a good film, but why do I have the feeling that it isn't it quite as good as it ought to be? One possible reason is the inadequacy of the subtitles (the Russian films I've seen have for some reason tended to come with particularly bad subtitles, although since I didn't see this particular one with my partner, who speaks Russian, I can only guess at how far they fell short) … but I suspect the real reason is that everything happens too quickly. At some point – I'm not sure which point – it would have been nice if we could have lingered longer. We feel the wonderful lightness and freshness of youth well enough, but perhaps we should have felt some of the hard slog as well.
I think I differ from most people in considering the film's ending its finest moment. The War is over, the people, most of whom lost at least one relative or friend or at least valued acquaintance, are nonetheless celebrating, and Veronica feels that the moment is much larger than her private feelings of grief; this is all perfectly natural, neither understated nor overstated.