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Thumbnail for Ballad of a Soldier (1959) Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

Basics Critics:79Viewers:74Rusty:80
Category: Drama, Romance, WarSub-Category: drama film, war film, romance filmMain subject: World War IIRuntime: 88 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: RussianCountry: Soviet UnionDirector: Grigori ChukhraiScreenwriter: Valentin Ezhov, Grigori ChukhraiCinematography: Vladimir NikolayevStars: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Yevgeni Urbansky, Nikolai KryuchkovStudio: MosfilmAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Valentin Ezhov, Grigori Chukhrai)Award details: (details at IMDb)

During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love.

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