“They Fought For Their Country/Они Сражались За Родину” (1975) is a unique war drama by Sergei Bondarchuk based on a realistic novel by Mikhail Sholokhov. It tells about a daily routine of the Soviet army along on its way to Stalingrad.
The Battle of Stalingrad is one of the key point of the Second World War on the Russian territory. Due to its geographical location Stalingrad was an important strategical place that might allow the Germans to have a control over a great part of the Soviet Union. This battle is considered to be one of the bloodiest one in the history of warfare with approximately two million soldiers dead on both sides. The historical background explains why Soviet film directors of war movies paid so much attention to this topic.
“They Fought For Their Country” has its particular mood as people who were making it were alive war participants or kept very its true impressions due to memory saved by their families. On one hand, the plot is rather simple: the story of a Soviet platoon along its way to Stalingrad. On the other, it contains plenty of real elements of the wartime in Russia.
Esteemed Readers, here is a Youtube link. (Please, inform me if it doesn’t function. I will send you the other one). 🙂 Enjoy the film!