This 56-minute Russian war documentary utilizes the combined talents of 28 combat cameramen. Rather than concentration on the horror and deprivations experienced by the citizens of Leningrad during their 18-month stand against the invading Nazis, the film emphasizes the collective courage and stoicism of the city's 3,000,000 inhabitants. To be sure, there are many scenes of the dead victims of the siege (some are horrible even by contemporary standards), but what sticks in the mind are such inspirational scenes as a group of shivering citizens calmly going about their daily tasks despite the Hell all around them. Siege of Leningrad was brought to America by ambassador-at-large (and former Republican presidential candidate) Wendell Wilkie. The English-language narrative was written by London journalist John Gordon, and spoken by no less than Edward R. Murrow.
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