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1959 (Soviet Union) See more »
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Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tatyana Samoylova ... Tanya
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ... Sergei
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Sabinine
Vasili Livanov ... Andrei
Galina Kozhakina ... Vera
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Directed by
Mikhail Kalatozov 
 
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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 
 
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Sergey Urusevskiy .... assistant director
 
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Arnold Roytman .... conductor (as A. Roytman)
 

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Also Known As:
"Neotpravlennoye pismo" - Soviet Union (original title)
"The Unmailed Letter" - USA
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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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Experiment perilous, 13 August 2013
Author: interiorday from United States

A parable intended to glorify self-sacrifice in the cause of building the earthly paradise promised by Communism. The geologist hero has proved by theory that immense diamond reserves must lie under a region of barren wilderness - where no trace of the minerals have ever actually been seen. The spectacular hardships he and his companions undergo are supposed to secure … well, more toil and hardship - but then, in some distant future which no one now living will see, the people will be prosperous and happy.

The film conceives happiness and prosperity to be one and the same, the simple working out of a material process, and applies the visual rhetoric of sacred art to materialism. Quite effectively applies it: the explorers are Soviet "New Men" (and one woman), and they bubble with enthusiasm for the Radiant Future; while the landscapes are gorgeously stark, a suitable backdrop for sainthood. (The manly tracker who guides the group is so avid for inhospitable spaces he appears demonic even before the plot requires it.) But the striking look of the film and the thrilling dangers can barely conceal a vein of tawdry sentimentality. It will seem convincing to those who are predisposed to be convinced.

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