Twenty Days Without War

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Twenty Days Without War
Twenty Days Without War Poster.jpg
Directed byAleksey German
StarringYuri Nikulin
CinematographyValeri Fedosov
Distributed byLenfilm
Release date
  • January 1976 (1976-01)
Running time
101 min
CountrySoviet Union

Twenty Days Without War (Russian: Двадцать дней без войны, romanizedDvadtsat' dney bez voyny) is a 1976 Soviet film based on a story by Konstantin Simonov, directed by Aleksey German and starring Yuri Nikulin and Lyudmila Gurchenko.[1][dead link][2]


The "Twenty Days Without War" (ru) (1976) film describes the life of Major Lopatin (actor Yuri Nikulin (1921-1997)), military journalist during World War II, who went to his hometown of Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in Middle Asia at the end of 1942 to spend a 20-day leave following the Battle of Stalingrad and to see the shooting of a film based on his wartime articles he has written, and where he was romantically involved with woman, played by the talented actress Ludmila Gurchenko (1935-2011). The film describes how the romantic views of combat held on the home front are far different from the harsh realities of front line warfare. In the film, he realizes that the romanticized views of warfare on the home front are vastly different from the realities he has encountered.[3] The film was based on the novel and screenplay of Konstantin Simonov (1915-1979), a famous military journalist who wrote the famous poem "Wait for me" during World War II in 1941. The film was mostly shot in black and white, or very muted color, as looking aged to be visually closed to that wartime.



  1. ^ "Twenty Days Without War". The Cinematheque. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ "TWENTY DAYS WITHOUT WAR". Lincoln Center Film Society. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Dvadtsat dney bez voyny (Twenty Days Without War) (1976)". RottenTomatoes. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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