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<i>V Šest’ Časov Večera Posle Vojny (At Six O’Clock in the Evening After The War)</i>. 1944. USSR. Directed by Ivan Pyr’ev
  • At Six O’Clock in the Evening After The War

    1944. USSR. Ivan Pyr’ev. 97 min.

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • At Six O’Clock in the Evening After The War

    1944. USSR. Directed by Ivan Pyr’ev. Screenplay by Viktor Gusev. With Marina Ladynina, Evgenij Samojlov, Ivan Ljubeznov, Anastasija Lysak. Ivan Pyr’ev mixed his two genres—war films and socialist realist operettas—to delirious effect in his 1944 masterpiece At Six O’Clock in the Evening After the War, made after the turning of the tide at Stalingrad. While Hollywood produced the spectacular This Is The Army (1943), the Soviets had this more modest and heartfelt morale-booster that, in detailing the off-and-on romance between a soldier and a kindergarten teacher, includes scenes of the victory to come. The popular star Marina Ladynina suggests a robust Jeanette Macdonald, even as Pyr’ev contrives some Lubitsch-like transitions between dialogue and song. The result is a movie of large emotions, formal delicacy, and heartbreaking sense of loss, with a romantic ending worthy of Frank Borzage. Preserved by La Biennale di Venezia ASAC, and Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, Milan. In Russian; English subtitles. 97 min.