Based upon Mikhail Sholokhov's Nobel Prize winning novel, Quiet Flows the Don is a spectacular, sprawling epic of the Russian Revolution and an honest, intimate drama of two lovers lost in the storm of history. Though internationally praised as "the Soviet Gone With the Wind," this 1957 crowning achievement of popular Soviet filmmaking was gutted by its US distributor when released here in 1960. For the first time on US DVD, Kino offers the full-length cut of director Sergei Gerasimov's legendary masterpiece. Within the sylvan hills of Russia's Don River valley, Grigori, a fiery and cruel young Cossack, takes up with Aksiniya, the wife of a fellow warrior. The brawling beauty of Cossack village life and the violent upheaval of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution form a spectacular backdrop for a romance as real as it is tragic. Driven to deception and disgrace, the two lovers battle the condemnation of the old order and the dangers of a dawning new world. After a year and a half before the cameras, director Gerasimov forged more than 60 hours of footage into a social realist epic that is as meticulous in depicting passionate human nature as it is in recreating WWI combat, the storming of the Winter Palace in old St. Petersburg and the Red Army's bloody and ruthless drive to the sea. This four disc package has been re-mastered to preserve Quiet Flows the Don's breathtaking color photography and Shostakovich disciple Yuri Levitin's lush, haunting score.
Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kiriyenko, Daniil Ilchenko, Lyudmila Khityayeva, Nikolai Smirnov, Aleksandr Zhukov, Natalya Arkhangelskaya, Aleksandra Denisova, Aleksandr Blagovestov, Boris Novik, Igor Dmitriyev, Mikhail Gluzsky