Ballad of Siberia
The Ballad of Siberia (in Russian: Сказание о земле Сибирской, romanized: Skazanie o zemle sibirskoy), also known as Symphony of Life, produced by Mosfilm and released in 1948, was the Soviet Union's second color film (after The Stone Flower). It was directed by Ivan Pyryev and starred Vladimir Druzhnikov and Marina Ladynina.
|Ballad of Siberia|
|Directed by||Ivan Pyryev|
|Written by||Ivan Pyryev (story)|
|Music by||Nikolai Kryukov|
|Edited by||Anna Kulganek|
Pianist Andrei Balashov (Vladimir Druzhnikov) after being wounded at the front during the Great Patriotic War loses the opportunity to earnestly pursue music due to a hand injury. Without saying goodbye to his friends and his beloved Natasha (Marina Ladynina), he goes to Siberia. He works on the construction of a plant, and in the evenings sings in a teahouse. By chance, weather conditions force the plane with Andrey's friends, Boris Olenich (Vladimir Zeldin) and Natasha, who are flying to a competition abroad, to land at the airport near the building of the plant. Andrey meets them and it changes his life. He travels to the Arctic and inspired by the heroic labor of the builders to write a symphonic oratorio "Ballad of Siberia", which receives universal recognition.
- Vladimir Druzhnikov as Andrei Nikolayevich Balashov
- Marina Ladynina as Natasha Pavlovna Malinina
- Boris Andreyev as Yakov Zakharonovich Burmak
- Vera Vasileva as Nastenka Petrovna Gusenkova
- Sergei Kalinin as Kornei Nefedovich Zavorin
- Yelena Savitskaya as Kapitolina Kondratyevna
- Vladimir Zeldin as Boris Olenich
- Mikhail Sidorkin as Sergei Tomakurov
- Grigoriy Shpigel as Grigori "Grisha" Galadya
It is a musical movie, with songs both old and new. The most notable songs are:
This film was so successful that a second color musical film, Cossacks of the Kuban was made two years later by the same director and cast.
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