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Full Metal Film Review: Stalingrad | The Man Cave Cinema

The first thing that jumps out about Fyodor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad is its massive scope, and it's evident right from the opening frames. Instead of leaping directly into the thick of battle, Bondarchuk opens the film with a sweeping aerial descent over the ruins of a modern day Japanese city, in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. But his attention swiftly turns to the tales of human suffering on the ground, signifying the tone of the film to follow — Stalingrad wholeheartedly embraces the bombastic aesthetic of Hollywood's disaster epics; but it also tries to counterbalance it with intimate moments of human drama.

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