Ivan Pyr’ev

T. it.: Alle sei di sera dopo la guerra. T. int.: Six O’Clock in the Evening After the War. Scen.: Viktor Gusev.F.: Valentin Pavlov. Mo.: Anna Kulganek. Scgf.: Aleksej Utkin. Mu.: Tichon Chrennikov. Su.: Vjaceslav Lešcev. Int.: Marina Ladynina (Var’ja Pankova), Evgenij Samojlov (tenente Pavel Kudrjašev), Ivan Ljubeznov (tenente Pavel Demidov), Anastasija Lysak (Fenja), Ljudmila Semënova (artigliere antiaereo), Aleksandr Antonov (ufficiale comandante), Elena Savickaja (Ekaterina Michailova). Prod.: Mosfil’m. Pri. pro.: 16 novembre 1944 35mm. D.: 97’. 

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

When Pyr’ev made The District Secretary, things looked not too good for the USSR. At the time of Six O’Clock in the Evening After the War (read: after Stalingrad and Kursk), the tide had turned – people could start to think, or at least dream, about life after war. Just like Swineherd and Shepherd, Six O’Clock in the Evening After the War talks about a meeting of people from worlds apart in Moscow. This time, it’s two strapping soldiers on leave who, inspired by a picture they find in a package sent to the front, hook up with two charming kindergarten teachers. Vas’ja and Var’ja fall in love. They promise to meet again after the war on a bridge close by the Kremlin at 6pm. So far, wonderful (check out the nice war pictures on the kindergarten walls!). Then, Vas’ja loses a leg in battle, and the film’s tone changes markedly. Suddenly, it’s full of despair and adult angst. Six O’Clock in the Evening After the War becomes a work about the self-doubt and self-pity of men who can’t feel whole anymore. Sure, everything will be fine in the end, but Pyr’ev knows too well that the audience can’t be fooled – peace will look like Vas’ja. The front would be with them for decades to come.

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