Film Diary: Krylya, 1966, directed by Larisa Shepitko
Russian director Larisa Shepitko's career was cut way too short when she was killed in a car accident at age 41, but thankfully we have access to her two major works through Criterion's Eclipse Series. Wings is her first feature after graduating from the All-Russian State Institute for Cinematography and it is already a mature, quietly stunning film. The combination of a memorable performance by Maya Bulgakova as the main character, universally human moments, and beautiful compositions makes this film stand its ground with its contemporaries and mourn for all that could have been for this remarkable director. I highly recommend both Wings and The Ascent.