“The Alpine Ballad” (1965) is a rare guest of broadcasting as it tells not about fierce battles but about, probably, an ordinary love story of those cruel days. Based on Vasilij Bikov’s narration & shot by Boris Stepanov (“The State Border” TV-series) this film is a hymn of life resisting Apocalyptic environment of the war.
The plot so far: two prisoners, Ivan the Russian & Giulia the Italian, manage to escape from a concentrated camp somewhere in the Alpes. Ivan is going to return back home, so he sends Giulia to Trieste but she desires to stay with him. No matter they don’t comprehend each other due to the language barrier, together they spend several days in the mountains before the Nazi find them…
As a rule, these sort of stories are preferred to be omitted in the Soviet movies as their main goal is to show glory & power of the Red Army, however they are the reality of the war time where there is life, love & compassion as well. “The Alpine Ballad” makes us ponder upon most essential points of our existence & make us remember that too many destinies are destroyed with a cold hand of a war machine.
I have not discovered the translated version so I dare to offer you the original version, besides there is plenty of Italian! included: The Apline Ballad (1965).
Enjoy the movie no matter the language barrier!😊😊😊