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Song of Russia (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | February 1944 (USA)
In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed... See full summary »

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Boris Bulganov
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Hank Higgins
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Petrov
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Ivan Stepanov
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Peter Bulganov
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Stasha Bulganov
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Sonia
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Alexander Meschkov
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Yanovich
Leo Bulgakov ...
Professor Faber
Zoia Karabanova ...
Natasha Bulganov
Konstantin Shayne ...
Wounded Soldier (as Konstantine Shayne)
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In June 1941, famed American symphony conductor John Meredith (Robert Taylor) is touring Soviet Russia with his manager Hank (Robert Benchley) when they go to a small rural town where famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky was born. John meets Nadya (Susan Peters), a sweet peasant girl with an ear for classical music and they soon get married. When war breaks out, John want to flee back to the USA, but Nadya wants to stay and fight the invading Germans who are closing in on the village. Written by Larry B.

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Balada Oriental  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A snow battle sequence was filmed in the Sierra Mountains of California in March 1943 with experts Eric Lundquist and Nils Larsen portraying Polish skiers, but the sequence was not used in the film. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set during the German invasion of Russia in 1941, uniforms and equipment shown in both the stock footage and the American-filmed scenes are largely from the period of 1943-44, when the film was made. Of particular note are the helmets and rank insignia which are indicative of this later era. See more »

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Referenced in Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche Slave, Op.31
(1876)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played often in the score, adapted by Herbert Stothart
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Propaganda film? of course. Soviet propaganda? Huh uh; at least not directly.
14 April 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Look: This film IS propaganda, but it certainly isn't Soviet propaganda. I think it is clear from watching the film disinterestedly and/or reading ALL of the transcripts of Ayn Rand's HUAC testimony that it was American wartime propaganda aiming at 1) strengthening political ties with its then-ally Soviets, and 2) convincing the American's that they should support the joint effort with the Russians against Germany. The US was too afraid to admit to the American people that they, like, Churchill said, had to work with the devil to defeat Hitler; they used propaganda film instead (ad not just here, but overtly as part of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series). Further, I think it is probable, as a previous poster mentioned, that they are only guilty of writing a very ill-conceived "love knows no bounds" kind of war time love story; this is just a year or so after Casablanca, after all! The movie certainly was picked up, partly on the basis of the love-knows-no-bounds angle, but more overtly b/c, as the awful Robert Taylor pointed out in his own HUAC testimony, the request came from the US State department.


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