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27 June 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »
Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Tatyana Samoylova ... Tanya
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ... Sergei
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Sabinine
Vasili Livanov ... Andrei
Galina Kozhakina ... Vera

Directed by
Mikhail Kalatozov 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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:
"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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular, absolutely worth tracking down, 11 August 2007
Author: wheeler-benjamin from United States

Saw this at Tribeca Film Festival in Spring 2007, and was absolutely floored. I walked out of the theater afterword amazed at what I'd seen and thrilled that such an amazing film existed and had been maintained by a tiny number of appreciators in such excellent quality for so long.

The story is not the strong point of the movie. Rather, as with Terence Malick films, the story is just a starting point for the film, which is another beast entirely. What shines and carries the film from scene to scene is the cinematography. I didn't know if this was happened elsewhere at the time, but I didn't expect to see hand-held camera work in a 1959 Russian film, let alone the kind of early spinning, impossibly-filmed shot that appears early in the film. Later, there is a sequence that makes me long to know how they created the opportunity to film in such conditions.

If you've read this far, you must track down this movie. My understanding is that Francis Coppola has a California archive maintain the only copy in the Americas, and that it's usually shown just one a year.

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