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27 June 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »
Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

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:
"Neotpravlennoe 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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
lost in Siberia, 1 December 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

This robust survival adventure follows a team of Soviet geologists stranded in the wilderness of Siberia after a forest fire severs their communication link with civilization. The opening dedication to Socialist heroes everywhere and the noble sacrifices made by each character carry the story dangerously close to propaganda, but the intensity of their ordeal (through smoke and fire, over snow and ice, across mountains and tundra) thankfully overwhelms the political simplicity of the script. Unfortunately, it also overwhelms the initial hints of tension between each of the four characters (three male, one female) after the struggle to survive becomes paramount. The sense of isolation and exposure is numbing; the film was directed with a strong sense of visual drama (including more than one knockout montage), showing everything an audience would ever want to know about being lost in Siberia.

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