Encounter at the Elbe

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Encounter at the Elbe
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Directed byGrigori Aleksandrov
Aleksey Utkin
Written byLev Sheynin
Leonid Tur
Pyotr Tur
StarringVladlen Davydov
Konstantin Nassonov
Boris Andreyev
Lyubov Orlova
Faina Ranevskaya
Music byDmitri Shostakovich
CinematographyEduard Tisse
Edited byYeva Ladyzhenskaya
Release date
Running time
104 min.
CountrySoviet Union

Encounter at the Elbe (in Russian: Встреча на Эльбе) is a Soviet movie released in 1949 from Mosfilm, describing the conflict, spying, and collaboration between the Soviet Army advancing from the east and the U.S. Army advancing from the west. The two allied forces met each other for the first time on the River Elbe near the close of the Second World War. This meeting occurred on April 25, 1945, which was usually remembered as “Elbe Day” in Western Bloc nations and as the "Encounter at the Elbe” in Eastern Bloc nations.[1]

The movie was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov and Aleksey Utkin,[2] with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, which included “Yearning for the Homeland” (in Russian: Тоска по родине, the words by Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky), that became popular at that time in the Eastern Bloc nations and among the leftists in the Western Bloc nations including Japan.[3]


  • Vladlen Davydov - Major (later Colonel) Kuzmin, Soviet military commander
  • Konstantin Nassonov - Maslov, a member of the military council
  • Boris Andreyev - Sergeant Egorkin
  • Lyubov Orlova - journalist Janet Sherwood, an American agent
  • Mikhail Nazvanov - Gen. James Hill
  • Ivan Lyubeznov - Sergeant Harry Perebeynoga
  • Vladimir Vladislav - General McDermot
  • Faina Ranevskaya - Mrs. McDermot
  • Andrei Petrov - Soviet officer
  • Andrei Fajt - Nazi Schrank, hiding under the name of anti-fascist Krause
  • Yuri Yurovsky - Professor Otto Dietrich
  • Gennadi Yudin - Kurt Dietrich
  • Erast Garin - Captain Tommy
  • Sergey Tsenin - Senator Woody
  • Viktor Kulakov - Ernst Shmetau
  • Lidiya Sukharevskaya - Elsa Shmetau
  • Nikolai Nikitich - Schultz
  • Rina Zelyonaya - female German with a bicycle
  • Harijs Avens - American
  • Eugene Kaluga - General at the Embassy (uncredited)

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