The Story of the Flaming Years
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Yuliya Solntseva. U.S.S.R., 1961, 91 mins. Color. 70mm print courtesy of Gosfilmofond. With Boris Andreyev, Sergey Petrov, Antonina Bogdanova. In Russian with English subtitles. In 1941, German troops invade Russia and a young Soviet, Ivan Orlyukov, begins a deathly campaign to expel the Germans. Solntseva’s poetic and sumptuously lyrical war film The Story of the Flaming Years garnered her the Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival the year of its release, the first win for a female director. No woman would win that award again until Sofia Coppola, with The Beguiled at this year’s Festival.
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