About The Film
It is autumn of 1942, and the Germans have marched into Stalingrad, certain
of a swift victory. Their superior weapons and well-trained army seem
invincible, but the Russians believe otherwise. Separated from the rest of the
Allied troops, the Russian forces are fighting for their lives and for their
country. Old and young, strong and weak, the Russians are determined to
sacrifice everything to keep their country out of Germany's grasp.
A ragtag division of Russian fighters moves silently over the river towards
Stalingrad, which has largely been occupied by the Germans. As the enemies draw
closer, the Germans set their store of fuel on fire and pour it down the hill
onto the advancing Russians. Screaming, aflame, but still alive, the Russians
stream up the hill and into the German foxholes, fighting hand-to-hand until
they are extinguished by fire or battle.
The surviving Russian troops advance into the ruined city. Eventually, they
set up a command post in a devastated building, where their snipers have a
strategic advantage. To the surprise of the small band of Russian soldiers, they
discover a young woman, Katya, who has somehow eluded the evacuation of the
building and survived the gun battles. Katya is fragile and pale, but
determined: this is her home and she will remain.
Katya helps the Russian soldiers as she can, and soon becomes a sort of
mascot and a symbol of all that they are fighting to defend. Several of the men
feel themselves falling in love with her, but Katya remains a sort of wraith who
gives all of them a sense of purpose.
Across the ruined square, the German troops have established their bastion
and are amazed that any Russians remain. They are determined to stop their
enemies before a strategic link to the Volga can be formed, allowing Russian
reinforcements to arrive.
However, one German officer, Peter Kahn, has lost his focus on battle.
Instead, he has become infatuated with Masha, a beautiful Russian woman. After
finding her in a crumbling building, Peter forces himself on Masha, making her a
pariah among her neighbors, who do not understand the fear and self-loathing
that she feels. As a result, Masha is punished twice for her beauty: by the
invaders and by her homeland.
Stalingrad traces the bitter struggles of these two groups of soldiers, led
by two intelligent, determined men and colored by the incongruous presence of
two special women. As time passes, audiences come to know more about each
soldier. As the film takes audiences on a journey, they will see not only
soldiers risking everything, but also the tragic yet triumphant outcome of a
battle that changed the tide of history.
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