7.8/10
888
13 user 2 critic

The Forty-first (1956)

Sorok pervyy (original title)
An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray
Stars: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two soldiers become best friends during the Civil War in Russia in the 1920's.

Director: Yevgeni Karelov
Stars: Oleg Yankovskiy, Rolan Bykov, Anatoliy Papanov
Fate of a Man (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasiliy Merkurev
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A six-hour long epic (original director's cut) about the life of Don Cossacs in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922. The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossac... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Gerasimov
Stars: Pyotr Glebov, Elina Bystritskaya, Zinaida Kirienko
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Stars: Tatyana Samoylova, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After the general Soviet gulag amnesty of 1953 former political inmates Sergei and Nikolai arrive in a remote Siberian village where 8 pardoned common criminals terrorize the inhabitants.

Director: Aleksandr Proshkin
Stars: Valeriy Priyomykhov, Anatoliy Papanov, Viktor Stepanov
Chuchelo (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A twelve years old girl Lena who has come to live with her grandfather in a small Russian town is being bullied by her classmates... See full synopsis »

Director: Rolan Bykov
Stars: Christina Orbakaite, Yuriy Nikulin, Elena Sanaeva
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Emil Loteanu
Stars: Galina Belyaeva, Oleg Yankovskiy, Kirill Lavrov
Moscow Laughs (1934)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Merry Fellows was the first Soviet musical comedy. Set in Odessa and Moscow in the 1930's. Shepherd Kostya Potekhin (Utyosov) is mistaken for an international concert star. He falls in love... See full summary »

Director: Grigori Aleksandrov
Stars: Leonid Utyosov, Lyubov Orlova, Mariya Strelkova
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A newly appointed Russian literature teacher develops a strong connection with one of her flagging students.

Directors: Marlen Khutsiev, Feliks Mironer
Stars: Nina Ivanova, Nikolai Rybnikov, Vladimir Gulyaev
Chapayev (1934)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a ... See full summary »

Directors: Georgi Vasilyev, Sergey Vasilyev
Stars: Boris Babochkin, Leonid Kmit, Varvara Myasnikova
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Izolda Izvitskaya ...
Oleg Strizhenov ...
Lieutenant Vadim Nikolayevich Govorkha, Jr.
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
Commander Ansenti Yevsyukov
Nikolai Dupak ...
Soldier Andrei Chupilko (as N. Dupak)
Georgi Shapovalov ...
Soldier Terentyev (as G. Shapovalov)
Pyotr Lyubeshkin ...
(as P. Lyubeshkin)
L. Kovylin ...
Soldier Kovylin
Yu. Romanov ...
Soldier Vyakhir
Daniil Netrebin ...
Soldier Semyannin (as D. Netrebin)
Asanbek Umuraliev ...
Soldier Umankul (as A. Umuraliev)
Anatoli Kokorin ...
Soldier Yegorov (as A. Kokorin)
Vadim Sinitsyn ...
Wounded soldier (as V. Sinitsyn)
Kirey Zharkimbayev ...
Timerkul (as K. Zharkimbayev)
T. Sardarbekova ...
Altynai, village girl
Vadim Zakharchenko ...
(as V. Zakharchenko)
Edit

Storyline

An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

War | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 October 1956 (Soviet Union)  »

Also Known As:

The Forty-first  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Decent 'Eastern'
21 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching this I was reminded of Hollywood Westerns of the mid-1950s, with the saturated color and framing of faces for psychological effect. The constant orchestral score was sometimes unnecessary and somewhat annoying; but as an interview with the director points out, the idea wasn't a grim war story, or even a political screed, but a love story, where sweeping music isn't out of place; and this is a love story.

The scenes with the nomads are striking and unforgettable; the desert sequences are also memorable, as is most of the film.

Much of the acting could be considered somewhat overwrought, with people flinging themselves down on the ground and making exaggerated gestures, so much so it almost seemed a modernized film with silent movie performances.

For those unfamiliar with the original novella, it may not matter, but the movie stays quite close to the story.

Honestly, this movie does seem dated, but is well worth the time for several scenes of honest beauty and some decent-enough acting performances. And, I have to admit, while I watched the majority of the film with more or less dispassionate interest, I was unprepared for the rifle shot at the end. It's much, MUCH more shocking than I expected, and if only for that reason, this movie sticks in my head.


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Disturbing Propaganda bunch-5
Discuss The Forty-first (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?