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By the Bluest of Seas (1936)

U samogo sinego morya (original title)
Two best friends shipwreck on an island in the Caspian Sea and fall in love with the same woman while helping the villagers of their new home.

Directors:

Boris Barnet, Samad Mardanov (co-director) (as S. Mardanin)

Writer:

Klimenti Mints
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Yelena Kuzmina ... Maria aka Misha (as E. A. Kuzmina)
Lev Sverdlin ... Yussuf (as L. N. Sverdlin)
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Alyosha (as N. Kryuchkov)
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Yussuf and Aliosha are two shipwrecked sailors on an island in the Caspian Sea. They start working as sailor and mechanic for the fishing boats of the "Lights of the Communism" kolkhoz. Here the two friends will fall in love with the beautiful Misha. Written by giulienk

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Finnish censorship visa # 91656 delivered on 20-1-1984. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

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Art transcending propaganda
31 December 2012 | by leoperuSee all my reviews

It's difficult for me to judge Rivette's statement about Boris Barnet having been the greatest of Soviet filmmakers after Eisenstein ; I definitely prefer his works to Eisenstein's or let's say Pudovkin's.

"U samogo sinyego morya" ("By the Bluest of Seas"), a cheerful poetic miniature capturing skirmishes between love and friendship, abounds in crystal clear simplicity and heartfelt humour. In addition to these, we get more than a couple of credible faces (the one of Yelena Kuzmina in particular), a lot of nice songs, and last but not least the most impressive shots of breakers which I have ever encountered on screen.

Some reviewers didn't see any Soviet propaganda in the movie. I must disagree : the scenery upon which the personal storyline unfolds evidently promotes period collectivism,a.o. No wonder, then. However, art in Barnet's rendering transcends everything else.

The transfer on Mr.Bongo's recent release seems quite good ; regrettably no extras were taken from the original Ruscico version.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

1 April 1936 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

By the Bluest of Seas See more »

Filming Locations:

Azerbaijan See more »

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