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Release Date:
27 June 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »
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Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Mikhail Kalatozov 
 
Writing credits
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Grigori Koltunov 
Valeri Osipov  screenplay (as V. Osipov)
Valeri Osipov  story (as V. Osipov)
Viktor Rozov 

Original Music by
Nikolai Kryukov 
 
Cinematography by
Sergey Urusevskiy 
 
Film Editing by
N. Anikina 
 
Production Design by
David Vinitsky 
 
Costume Design by
Leonid Naumov 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sergey Urusevskiy .... assistant director
 
Music Department
Arnold Roytman .... conductor (as A. Roytman)
 

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Also Known As:
"Neotpravlennoe pismo" - Soviet Union (original title)
"The Unmailed Letter" - USA
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Runtime:
97 min | USA:80 min
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In 1995 the film was restored by and shown in United States upon the financial support from Francis Coppola.See more »

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Masterpiece seen by few, 29 November 2014
Author: karmaswimswami from United States

Among a panoply of scintillating things about this film is Sergei Urusevsky's deft black-and-white cinematography, much of it hand-held. Urusevsky seems to understand semiotics deeply, and his shots are often protean, shifting angle or perspective during a take to wring extra emotional import from it. I found myself rewinding many sequences and rewatching because of how well Urusevky, arguably the greatest Soviet era lensman, can minimally change vantage or tilt and bring fresh meaning cascading from the actors.

"Letter Never Sent" has communistic political messages in it, but is sumptuously acted by a small cast with a good sense of ensemble. Heat and cold, fire and ice, land and water, remote wildness and safe civilization all exist here in dynamic tension. The version in digital circulation is lovingly restored. A must-watch, especially for admirers of other quintessential Russian filmmakers such as Tarkovsy.

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