It’s been ages since I’ve seen a WWII movie that can truly be called epic, and I have to say, Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk sure looks like he’s got the epicness down in his new WWII movie “Stalingrad”. I mean, guys on fire? Tanks blasting things to smithereens? An entire city choking on flames? And finally, well-timed slow-motion gunplay to achieve maximum pathos? What more could you want? Check out a slightly new (well, new-ish) trailer for the movie. I actually preferred the original trailer, with the Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” track, which made it so haunting.
The only name I recognize from the cast is Thomas Kretschmann, who used to star in the canceled TV show “The River”, and is currently playing a very new version of Van Helsing in NBC’s “Dracula”. Which is ironic, because he also recently starred as Dracula in Dario Argento’s “Dracula 3D”.
Stalingrad has become hell and paradise for those who were worthy of awards, but the only reward they managed to get was love. How they won, and how they were not defeated, who they were and who was on the other side of the street, what secret they have taken away with them – the movie will tell this story.
Also starring Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach, Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova and Georges Devdariani.
The film just opened last month in Russia, but no word on a Stateside release date yet.