Cinema, Also Showing Nov. 18, 1946

The Turning Point (Lenfilm-Arikino) is a Russian-made semi-documentary billed as the "inside story" of the siege of Stalingrad. The film is superb Soviet propaganda, an interesting historical footnote to one of World War II's decisive battles—and surprisingly exciting entertainment.

In the winter of 1942-43 the world heard the heart-heightening story: that ill-equipped Red troops had trapped and smashed 22 crack Nazi divisions along the Volga. This film wrings considerable suspense from a tactical explanation of how the battle was won. War films made by capitalists usually tell their stories from the common soldier's point of view. The Russians, concentrating on their brasshats,...

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