Encounter at the Elbe
Encounter at the Elbe is a Soviet movie released in 1949 from Mosfilm
Mosfilm is a film studio, which is often described as the largest and oldest in Russia and in Europe. Its output includes most of the more widely-acclaimed Soviet films, ranging from works by Tarkovsky and Eisenstein , to Red Westerns, to the Akira Kurosawa co-production and the epic Война и Мир...

, describing the conflict, spying and collaboration between the Soviet Army
Soviet Army
The Soviet Army is the name given to the main part of the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union between 1946 and 1992. Previously, it had been known as the Red Army. Informally, Армия referred to all the MOD armed forces, except, in some cases, the Soviet Navy.This article covers the Soviet Ground...

 advancing from the East and the American Army advancing from the West, that met each other for the first time on the River Elbe, at the closing time of the Second World War. This meeting occurred on April 25, 1945, which was usually remembered as “Elbe Day
Elbe Day
Elbe Day, April 25, 1945, was the date Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe, near Torgau in Germany, marking an important step toward the end of the World War II in Europe. The first contact was made between patrols near Strehla, when First Lieutenant Albert Kotzebue crossed the River...

” in the Western Bloc
Western Bloc
The Western Bloc or Capitalist Bloc during the Cold War refers to the powers allied with the United States and NATO against the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact...

 nations and as the "Encounter at the Elbe” in the Eastern Bloc
Eastern bloc
The term Eastern Bloc or Communist Bloc refers to the former communist states of Eastern and Central Europe, generally the Soviet Union and the countries of the Warsaw Pact...


The movie was directed by Grigori Aleksandrov
Grigori Aleksandrov
Grigori Vasilyevich Aleksandrov or Alexandrov was a prominent Soviet film director who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1947 and a Hero of Socialist Labor in 1973...

 and Aleksey Utkin, with music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century....

, which included “Yearning for the Homeland” (in , the words by Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky
Yevgeniy Dolmatovsky
Yevgeniy Aronovich Dolmatovsky was a Soviet poet and a Russian popular song lyricist. He was born and died in Moscow.-Examples of his songs:* Ballad of the Siberian Land - 1947* Yearning for the Motherland - 1948* Song of the Forests (music by Domitri Shostakovich, Opus 81) - 1949** The Pioneers...

), that became popular at that time in the Eastern Bloc nations and among the leftists in the Western Bloc nations including Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

The source of this article is wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  The text of this article is licensed under the GFDL.