Attack and Retreat

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Attack and Retreat
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Directed by Giuseppe De Santis
Dmitri Vasilyev
Written by Ennio De Concini
Giuseppe De Santis
Sergey Smirnov
Augusto Frassinetti
Starring Arthur Kennedy
Zhanna Prokhorenko
Raffaele Pisu
Tatyana Samojlova
Andrea Checchi
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Release date
Country Italy, USSR
Language Italian, Russian

Attack and Retreat (Italian: Italiani brava gente, Russian: Они шли на Восток, translit. Oni shli na Vostok) is a Soviet-Italian war drama film directed by Giuseppe De Santis and Dmitri Vasilyev in 1964. The movie follows the steps of Italian soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front on Hitler's side. Heavily based on diaries and memories of real war veterans.


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