Stalingrad (Russian: Сталинград) is a 1990 two-part Soviet-East German-Czechoslovak-American co-production directed by Yuri Ozerov, who also wrote the script. The film revolves around the Battle of Stalingrad.
Stalingrad (1990 film) Wikipedia
In January 1942, Adolf Hitler appoints Fedor von Bock to command Army Group South and supervise Operation Blau. The German forces advance in the south of Russia, scattering the Soviets and approaching Stalingrad, that seems on the verge of falling to the enemy's hands. The movie ends with Vasily Chuikov assuming command of the 62nd Army at September.
The Germans attack Stalingrad, and are engaged in close-quarters combat within the city. Chuikov's soldiers manage to hold on to their positions; On 19 November 1942, the Red Army launches a successful counter-offensive and encircles the Wehrmacht formations. In February 1943, the German 6th Army surrenders to the Soviets.
The film was a sequel to Ozerov's 1985 Battle of Moscow, with its plot starting directly in the beginning of the former, after von Bock failed to capture Moscow. In general, Stalingrad was Ozerov's fourth work dealing with the Soviet-German War, after the 1970–71 series Liberation, the 1977 TV mini-series Soldiers of Freedom and Battle of Moscow.
Due to the harsh economic conditions in the late 1980s Soviet Union, Ozerov was unable to secure funding for his film inside the USSR. After deliberations, he approached the American Warner Brothers for assistance. The company agreed to provide financial support, but demanded that American actors would be given representation. The reluctant director had to cast Powers Boothe for the title role of General Vasily Chuikov. The film was the first Soviet-American co-production in the Perestroika era.
The film was poorly received, and it was Ozerov's first work which failed to secure any nominations since 1958. At 1993, the director used footage from Stalingrad for the frame story of his last film, Angels of Death, about a sniper duel taking place during the battle for the city. Montage from Stalingrad was also included in two TV anthologies of select material from Ozerov's films, The Tragedy of the Twentieth Century and The Great Captain Georgy Zhukov.Powers Boothe as General Vasily ChuikovMikhail Ulyanov as Marshal Georgy ZhukovBruno Freindlich as Marshal Boris ShaposhnikovFernando Allende as Lieutenant Rubén Ruiz IbárruriSergei Garmash as Sergeant Yakov PavlovNikolai Kryuchkov as old captainHorst Schulze as Erich Edgar SchulzeFyodor Bondarchuk as sniper IvanGerd Michael Henneberg as Field Marshal Wilhelm KeitelRonald Lacey as Winston ChurchillLiubomiras Lauciavicius as General Kuzma GurovBoris Nevzorov as General Nikolai KrylovVadim Lobanov as Nikita KhrushchevAndrei Smoliakov as Lieutenant Leonid KhrushchevArchil Gomiashvili as Joseph StalinVladimir Troshin as Kliment VoroshilovNikolai Zasukhin as Vyacheslav MolotovStepan Mikoyan as Anastas MikoyanViktor Uralsky as Mikhail KalininNikolai Simkin as Alexander PoskrebyshevVyacheslav Ezepov as Alexander ShcherbakovValeri Tzvetkov as General Andrey YeryomenkoVitali Rastalnoi as Marshal Semyon TimoshenkoEvgeni Burenkov as General Aleksandr VasilevskyAleksandr Goloborodko as General Konstantin RokossovskySergei Nikonenko as General Alexander RodimtsevGünter Junghans as Harro Schulze-BoysenAchim Petri as Adolf HitlerErich Thiede as Heinrich HimmlerErnst Heise as Field Marshal Fedor von Bock