Despite what a starry Motown singer once proclaimed, war is actually good for something. Specifically, movies. Now when it comes to WWII movies, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is considered by many to be the high mark, one that Hollywood has not yet been able to better since that movie’s release.
But outside the borders of Obamaland, we’ve had a number of recent entries (especially from South Korea), that are not only coming pretty close, but are also presenting less American-centric views of the war. One such film, is acclaimed Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk‘s Stalingrad.
The film is described “a dramatic love story against the backdrop of a grand battle,” and follows a group of six Soviet soldiers who find and try to protect a young girl during the Battle of Stalingrad, the half-year long siege of the Russian city by German troops, which would go on to become one of bloodiest military battles in history, with up to million combined Soviet and Axis casualties.
And for a story that big, Bondarchuk apparently needed some big movie technology, as Stalingrad has now become the first Russian film to filmed natively in 3D as well as the first non-American produced film to filmed in IMAX. And the results, judging from this trailer, looks incredible. And all for a relatively meagre $30 million.
Stalingrad has no international release date yet.
Last Updated: May 16, 2013