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‘Stalingrad’ is the first Russian film shot in IMAX and 3D.

Fedor Bondarchuk provides a first look in a new trailer of his sweeping epic about the World War II battle of Stalingrad during. The vicious fighting, which broke the back of the German army in Russia, is told in human terms in a love story set against the war.

Of significance, it’s the first solely Russian-produced movie in IMAX and 3D, although an American company provided the technology.

Bondarchuk doesn’t spare many details about the bitter, often hand-to-hand fighting that became a test of wills between Adolph Hitler and Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Hitler refused to let his army withdraw and ordered it to fight to the death.

After six months of fighting, the trapped and hopelessly outnumbered Germans surrendered. Combined casualties approached two million civilians and soldiers killed or wounded, according to historic accounts.

While military epics like “Saving Private Ryan,” and HBO’s “Band of Brothers” have provided graphic depictions of World War II focusing on personal sacrifice, it remains to be seen whether “Stalingrad” will join their ranks or turn out to be little more than a heroic Russian propaganda film.

One thing is certain, producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov along with Non-Stop Production and Dmitry Rudovsky for Art Pictures, spared no expense to make the movie realistic, according to published reports.

The movie focuses on a small band of soldiers and six brothers who are involved in the battle. Some soldiers are isolated by a German counter-attack and hide out with a group of civilians. One of the soldiers and a girl fall in love and the soldiers become determined to protect them from harm.

The film is expected to be released in October, according to deadlinehollywood. Check out the trailer below, and follow TheImproper on Twitter to catch all the latest movie updates.