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Goodbye, Boys

Adapted from a popular autobiographical novel, this 1964 Soviet feature is set in the halcyon days before World War II, as three boyhood friends roam their sun-dappled town on the Black Sea the summer before they're supposed to join the military. Director Mikhail Kalik creates a strong sense of time and place, mainly through inventive, shimmering cinematography and nostalgic folk music; periodically he deflates the youths' carefree mood and eagerness to fight for communism with archival newsreel footage of the trauma to come, but the heavy-handed foreshadowing fails to dispel the film's sweet and lyrical vision of a less complicated, more congenial era. 75 min.

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