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Once There Was a Girl

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 12 min.
  • Genres: War, War Drama, Drama
  • Director:William Nigh


"Courage under fire" was the theme of many wartime Soviet films, and Once There was a Girl is no exception. Actually, there are two girls essential to the action, Nastenka (Nina Ivanova) and Katia (Natasha Zashchipina). Barely out of the toddler stage, the two heroines are forced to endure the deprivations brought about by the long Nazi siege of Leningrad. Miraculously, Nastenka and Katia manage to survive, and even to participate in the celebration attending their city's liberation. The boundless energy...more