Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
Writers: Sergey Snezhkin, Ilya Tilken
The very name of this city is synonymous to the battle/siege that raged on for over five months which turned this city on the river Volga (It is currently named Volgograd) into rubble.
The film takes the scope of the 'grand' after the beginning intro with beautifully composed cinematography and eerie slow motion shots (possible homage to Sam Peckinpah?) of a massive river crossing assault by the Soviets into the minutiae of individual Russian, German soldiers and civilians lives as you get deeper into the film.
The character development is well done and keeps you engrossed in the movie. The plot may be a fictionalized account of 'Pavlov's House' and takes slight liberties in reality/realism in some of it's sub-plots which may be a vehicle to contrast with the unpredictable randomness of death on the battlefield.
Anyone looking for a good war film to view, would enjoy this one.