Massive Destruction In First Trailer For Bondarchuk's STALINGRAD

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Oh. My.

Russia's Fedor Bondarchuk should need no introduction in these pages, the man being active as an actor, producer and director on numerous projects covered heavily on Twitch over the years. But for those who need refreshing, on the directing front Bondarchuk first came to our attention with his stellar war picture The 9th Company - a remarkable account of the Russian occupation of Afghanistan as told by a technical virtuoso who also had a remarkable gift for character - before moving on to big budget scifi spectacle Inhabited Island.

Well, Bondarchuk is back and he's returning to war ... but this time the time period is somewhat different. Made for a reported $30 million - a monstrous budget by Russian standards, where the dollar goes much further - Stalingrad tells the story of the historical battle of Stalingrad, one of the bloodiest battles in modern history stretching out for months as the Nazis attempted to gain control of the Russian city. The number of casualties was simply enormous but the Russians refused to be moved in what would prove to be not only an important battle for the overall shape of the war but one which has become something of an emotional rallying point for Russians in the years since.

Nobody held back in the actual battle of Stalingrad and Bondarchuk clearly isn't with his film version, either. This thing is simply massive and the battle sequences truly epic. You want something on the scale of Saving Private Ryan or Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly but done in 3D and buffed up in a manner that recalls 300? This is that movie. Watch the trailer below. Do it in high res and crank up the volume while you're at it.
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  • NielsDK

    This actually looks great, even though it all hinges on the story. I do feel making gimmicky 3D movies based on atrocities are kind of tacky, but I´m not terribly offended.

  • tman418

    Many Americans seem to think that the U.S. single-handedly saved Europe from the NAZIs, with a little help from its plucky British sidekick. Little do they know, about 3/4 of Hitler's forces were trying to take over Russia when the U.S. stormed the beaches of Normandy. The U.S.S.R. pretty much defeated the NAZIs almost entirely on its own.

  • xzuma

    Actually, when the US stormed the beaches of Normandy, the fate of the war was already decided and Russia was pushing into Europe.

  • Mr. Cavin

    ...and since every single shot in the movie seems to track one way or another, the trailer writhes like an oil spill on a nest of coral snakes.

  • Damn, you should be writing these things instead of me ... that's a GREAT line.

  • Ard Vijn

    I asked. He said no.
    ;-)

  • Mr. Cavin

    Wait. You think I said no? No wonder I haven't heard from you again since. Maybe my written communication skills aren't all that great after all, huh?

  • Ard Vijn

    What? No, that wasn't it! I'm just terribly infrequent (putting it mildly) with using my email since October.

    And reading back on our mails you indeed did not say no. Apologies!

  • Martin Wagner

    Hm, it will be interesting to see how this compares to the 1993 movie (I know it's not a remake). This one's coming from the Russian perspective, obviously. I'm a little dubious about how every single shot is in slo-mo.

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