Friday, 18 February 2011

Fyodor Bondarchuk"s "Battle of Stalingrad" - fashionable format or family tradition?

Fyodor Bondarchuk is to make a film about the Battle of Stalingrad in the 3D format. It is sensational news, as no one has used this format yet to make a film based on real historical events. Now the information in detail with the film director’s comments.

“The film has really been launched, - Fyodor Bondarchuk told “The Voice of Russia”. It is planned to be shown in 2012, the year of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, the key battle in the course of the Second World War. The battle lasted for 220 days and nights, from July 1942 to January 1943. The soldiers fought for each square metre of land, for each building and even each floor of the buildings in the city of Stalingrad, now Volgograd, and its environs.

The defeat of the Nazi troops became the turning point in the war, the first step to the liberation of the Soviet Union and the whole world from Nazi oppression. In the cinema of the 20th century this historic battle has been shown more than once. The first film was the Soviet documentary of 1945 “The Great Turn”, awarded the Grand-Prix at the First International Film Festival in Cannes.

Fyodor Bondarchuk says: “I have always dreamed about making a film about the Second World War. The Battle of Stalingrad is a phenomenal story of resistance”.

“It was the starting point of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. A lot of legends are associated with this battle because the human mind fails to comprehend how it was possible to go through such a battle. When new times came, I felt an urge to say something of my own on the subject. My film is a war drama against the background of important historical events. There are 7 large roles in it, it is a 100% work for actors," Fyodor Bondarchuk continues.

Why the 3D format? What’s the point, as far as this story is concerned?

“We have not confirmed 3D yet. We are thinking about it, there is no precedent in the world cinema so far. There are 3 or 4 films that have become a success with spectators and all of them are science fiction, fantasy or some other kind of entertainment. No one has made a war drama in 3D. Whether we will be the first ones to do so, the pioneers, or whether our screenplay does not lend itself for this experiment, remains to be seen,” says Fyodor Bondarchuk. ...

Voice of Russia

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