In May last year, I posted a trailer for a Russian film called Stalingrad based on the epic World War 2 battle of the same name. Now that film is getting a release here in the UK.
Here’s what I wrote about the film back in May,
The battle of Stalingrad was a the bloodiest battle of World War 2 lasting just over five months. The Soviet Union fought the Germans and their allies over control of the city. Initially the Luftwaffe heavily bombed the city and then the troops went in and the battle became a series of intense building to building battles. Now after two years of extensive research and speaking to survivors comes the Russian film Stalingrad produced on a budget of $30 million dollars. The set of Stalingrad itself apparently took six months to construct, involved over 400 people and cost around $4 million alone. Also this is first Russian movie filmed completely in 3D and the first non-American film in the IMAX format.
The film was a huge box office success in Russia when it opened in September 2013. It opens in the UK on the 21st Feburary and in the US a week later.
Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected a Russian woman who has been living there. Presented in IMAX® 3D, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.