SKU 206

BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (1959) *with switchable English subtitles *

Grigoriy Chukhray (as G. Chukhraj), Valentin Ezhov (as V. Yezhov) Vladimir Ivashov ... Alyosha Skvortsov (as Volodya Ivashov) Zhanna Prokhorenko Zhanna Prokhorenko ... Shura Antonina Maksimova Antonina Maksimova ... Katerina (Alyosha's Mother) Nikolay Kryuchkov Nikolay Kryuchkov ... The General Evgeniy Urbanskiy Evgeniy Urbanskiy ... Vasya (The Invalid) Elza Lezhdey Elza Lezhdey ... Liza (The Invalid's Wife) Aleksandr Kuznetsov Aleksandr Kuznetsov ... Gavrilkin (The Train Sentry) Evgeniy Teterin Evgeniy Teterin ... The Lieutenant ('A terrible beast') Valentina Markova Valentina Markova ... Zoya (Skvortsovs' neighbor) Mariya Kremneva Mariya Kremneva ... Elizaveta Petrovna (Pavlov's Wife) (as M. Kremnnyova) Vladimir Pokrovskiy Vladimir Pokrovskiy ... Vasiliy Egorovich (Pavlov's father) Georgiy Yumatov Georgiy Yumatov ... The Driver Gennadiy Yukhtin Gennadiy Yukhtin ... Seryozha Pavlov Valentina Telegina Valentina Telegina ... Old Woman Truck Driver Lev Borisov Lev Borisov ... The Soldier (Pavlov's Buddy)

A middle-aged farm woman walks through her village and gazes down a country road. A voiceover reveals that her son was killed in the war and buried in a foreign land. On the Eastern Front, nineteen-year-old Private Alyosha Skvortsov single-handedly destroys two attacking German tanks, more out of self-preservation than bravery. His commanding general wants to give him a decoration, but Alyosha asks instead for a leave to see his mother and to repair the leaking roof of their home. He is given six days. During his journey, he sees the devastation the war has wrought on the country and meets various people. 

DVD-R is in Russian with switchable English subtitles. Approx. 88 minutes. See film sample for audio and video quality!

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