Ballad of Siberia

The Ballad of Siberia (in Russian: Сказание о земле Сибирской, romanizedSkazanie o zemle sibirskoy), also known as Symphony of Life,[1][2] 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
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Directed byIvan Pyryev
Written byIvan Pyryev (story)
Evgeniy Pomeshchikov
Nikolai Rozhkov
StarringVladimir Druzhnikov
Marina Ladynina
Vladimir Zeldin
Vera Vasilyeva
Boris Andreyev
Music byNikolai Kryukov
CinematographyValentin Pavlov
Edited byAnna Kulganek
Release date
Running time
114 minutes
CountrySoviet Union

It is a Soviet style musical movie, full of songs, such as "The Wanderer", describing the development of Siberia after World War II.


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.



It is a musical movie, with songs both old and new. The most notable songs are:

  • "The Song of the Siberian Earth" (words by Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky, music by Nikolai Kryukov)
  • "The Hymn to Siberia" (words by Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky, music by Nikolai Kryukov)
  • "The Wanderer" (in Russian: Бродяга)


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.

This movie also became popular in Japan, so it gave influence to the Utagoe Movement and Utagoe coffeehouse in the 1950s, eventually leading to the Karaoke phenomenon in the 1970s.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lars Karl, Pavel Skopal (2015). Cinema in Service of the State: Perspectives on Film Culture in the GDR and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960. Berghahn Books. p. 254. ISBN 978-1-782-38997-2.
  2. ^ Dorota Ostrowska, Francesco Pitassio, Zsuzsanna Varga (2017). Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe: Film Cultures and Histories. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-786-72239-3.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Utagoe Cafes in Tokyo

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