The Red Snowball Tree

The Red Snowball Tree

The Red Snowball Tree

Original film poster

Directed by
Vasily Shukshin

Written by
Vasily Shukshin

Vasily Shukshin
Lidiya Fedoseyeva-Shukshina
Georgi Burkov
Ivan Ryzhov
Maria Skvortsova

Music by
Pavel Chekalov

Anatoli Zabolotsky



Release date


Running time

101 minutes

Soviet Union


289 000 roubles[1]

The Red Snowball Tree (Russian: Калина красная, translit. Kalina krasnaya) is a 1974 Soviet drama film directed by Vasily Shukshin. It was the most successful film of that year.[2] In total the film was watched by over 140 million people.[1] German film director and screenwriter Rainer Werner Fassbinder included The Red Snowball Tree in the top ten of his favorite films.[3]


1 Plot
2 Production
3 Cast
4 Awards
5 References
6 External links

Coming out of the penal colony, a thief-recidivist Yegor Prokudin (Vasili Shukshin) nick-named Grief decides to go to the village where the blue-eyed stranger Lyuba (Lidiya Fedoseyeva-Shukshina), with whom he corresponded by letters, lives. He needs to wait out and to look around. Lyuba appears to love him genuinely, despite his dark past and the strong misgivings of her own parents. Eventually life in the village destroys all of Yegor’s plans, and he decides to break with the past forever. The villagers seem to get over their initial distrust to the former convict, and accept him as one of their own. Now he has friends, work and beloved woman. However, the criminals – former friends of Yegor – are not going to put up with his new way of life. One day three of them arrive in a car and try to persuade him to return to the old ways. When this fails, they stab him to death with a knife and leave. Pyotr (Aleksei Vanin), Lyuba’s brother, gives them a chase and kills them, crushing their car with his dump-truck.
The director has long nurtured plans to shoot a picture about Stepan Razin, but the State Committee for Cinematography put forward a condition to Shukshin – before he begins to work on a historical drama he must first direct a picture about the present. Shukshin then decided to adapt the story Kalina Krasnaya which he published in the magazine Nash Sovremennik.[4]
Filming took place in the city of Belozersk, Vologda Oblast, as well as in the surrounding villages – Sadovaya, Desyatovskaya and Krokhino.[4] Local villagers took part in the episo

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