Made to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Germans. The film won second prize at the XXII Leipzig Festival of Films for Children. In a German oncentration camp Russian prisoners fashion a D...展开on Quixote doll from a bit of metal. It becomes their symbol of hope.
The lyrical film is bracketed with references to the Spanish Civil War, which led to decades of authoritarian rule by Generalissimo Franco, and the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile which toppled the socialist, pro-Soviet regime of Salvadore Allende. (“Clear skies” was the codeword which launched Franco’s 1936 coup, supported by the fascist governments of Italy and Germany and opposed by the USSR and France).
Vladimir Paperny (writer and cultural historian): Don Quixote is an international cultural symbol. The message of the film is that “we” Russians are the protectors of the cultural values and European humanity which the Germans tried to destroy.