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1959 (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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Friggin Kalatazov and Urusevsky unhinged in Siberia, 18 February 2001
Author: Aw-komon from Los Angeles

A quite ridiculous film about diamond hunters in Siberia by the extraordinary director/cinematographer team of "I Am Cuba" and "The Cranes Are Flying." Needless say, the camerawork in the bizarrely surreal and barren Siberian locations is UNBELIEVABLE (the continuous takes are longer than any other film in history except for "I Am Cuba") but the film itself is too directly tied to dramatic 'adventure story' conventions to transcend into pure poetry like "Cranes" and "Cuba." There is a spectacular scene shot with the main actors amidst a raging forest fire and another one shot during an ice-storm. Most definitely worth transferring to DVD (there isn't a true film fan that wouldn't be flabergasted by the cinematography) but not by the same ones (Hen's Tooth) who did such a mediocre job on the transfer of "I Am Cuba."

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