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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A spectacle, 4 April 2012
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Mikhail Kalatazov is best known for 1957's The Cranes Are Flying and 1964's I Am Cuba. This is the film he made between those. It also contains cinematography by Sergei Urusevsky. That's its best aspect, for sure, and much like those other two films, it's a gorgeous piece of pure cinema. The story concerns four geologists (including The Cranes Are Flying's lead actress, Tatyana Samoilova) who have been dropped off in remote Siberia to search for diamonds. The initial plot concerns a love triangle between Samoilova and two of the men (while the third man writes the titular letter to his wife). Soon the melodramatic plot line falls to the wayside when the four are trapped in an enormous forest fire. It then becomes a desperate tale of survival. It's actually quite gripping, and the photography is so utterly stunning you can't help but be awestruck.

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