Dawns Here Are Quiet, The (1972): Rostotsky’s Oscar Nominee

During World War II some Soviet women actively served in combat. This film describes the lives of a small group of such women.

The saga mixes war footage with gentler moments, such as when they kick their male sergeant out of the barracks for complaining that they don’t wear enough clothes.

The story of their combat is interspersed with their memories of their husbands and civilian lives.

The combat sequence places them in conflict with a German patrol,  trying for a surprise attack on Russian positions.

Oscar Context

This film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The winner, however, was Bunuel’s subtle comedy, “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisue.”

Running time: 100 Minutes

Directed by Stanislav Rostotsky

Screenplay: Stanislav Rostotsky and Boris Vasilyev

DVD: June 21, 2005