There Will Be No Leave Today (1959)

  |  Drama, Thriller


There Will Be No Leave Today (1959) Poster

Soldiers undertake the perilous task of removing a stockpile of World War II bombshells discovered during roadworks under the ground of a small village.


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Directors:

Aleksandr Gordon , Andrei Tarkovsky

Writers:

Aleksandr Gordon (screenplay), Irina Makhovaya (screenplay), Andrei Tarkovsky (screenplay)

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25 March 2006 | asgard-5
10
| Beautiful short.
I never much liked the poor visual style of the most soviet films I've seen. But this one caught my attention, for that it's very stylishly done.

The short film tells a story of a little soviet town where during roadworks a stockpile of WWII bombshells was discovered buried under the ground. The town gets evacuated & the army men have to remove the discovery accurately so that it doesn't blow away the buildings nearby. Tarkovsky even threw in some subplots. One being a man who was in the army during WWII and offered his help. The other - a surgeon, operating a wounded person in the evacuated town's hospital.

The film is fast paced and very well done. It holds an atmosphere of tension, makes the viewer fear that the shells will explode any second. Scenes are cleverly composed and memorable with first time appearances by famous Russian actors Leonid Kuravlyov and Stas Liubshin. The film's title comes from Kuravlyov character's line: "Yes, bro, seems like there will be no leave today". Probably the best short I've ever seen.

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Release Date:

9 May 1959

Language

Russian


Country of Origin

Soviet Union

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