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It is not as epic as Osvobozhdenie, but it gives an idea what it was like to be in the middle of the battle. It is set in summer 1942, when the Red Army retreated to the Volga river. The director, Sergey Bondarchuk, was a WWII veteran, as well as some of the actors (Yuri Nikulin, Innokentiy Smoktunovsky). Mikhail Sholokhov, a prominent author, was a war reporter and covered the Nazi devastation along the Don river. The movie has some 'obligatory' Soviet ideology passages, but they are minor.