It is a decent b&w Soviet movie about the WWII, probably one of the best but there were some other Soviet movies which you should watch to make a complete picture. If you want to try a truly epic b&w Soviet movie then I would advise you Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev. Tarkovsky's war movie Ivan's Childhood is also superb. Another classic is Ballad of a Soldier.
Contemporary Russian classic is My Joy (2011).
Edited by mutabor - 1/16/14 at 1:30pm