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The Forty-First (1956)

Sorok pervyy (original title)
An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.

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Grigoriy Chukhray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Izolda Izvitskaya ... Soldier Maria Filatovna
Oleg Strizhenov ... Lieutenant Vadim Nikolayevich Govorkha, Jr.
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Commander Ansenti Yevsyukov
Nikolai Dupak ... Soldier Andrei Chupilko (as N. Dupak)
Georgi Shapovalov Georgi Shapovalov ... Soldier Terentyev (as G. Shapovalov)
Pyotr Lyubeshkin ... (as P. Lyubeshkin)
L. Kovylin L. Kovylin ... Soldier Kovylin
Yu. Romanov Yu. Romanov ... Soldier Vyakhir
Daniil Netrebin ... Soldier Semyannin (as D. Netrebin)
Asanbek Umuraliyev ... Soldier Umankul (as A. Umuraliev)
Anatoli Kokorin Anatoli Kokorin ... Soldier Yegorov (as A. Kokorin)
Vadim Sinitsyn Vadim Sinitsyn ... Wounded soldier (as V. Sinitsyn)
Kirey Zharkimbayev ... Timerkul (as K. Zharkimbayev)
T. Sardarbekova T. Sardarbekova ... Altynai, village girl
Vadim Zakharchenko ... (as V. Zakharchenko)
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An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer.

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Genres:

War | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

15 October 1956 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forty-First See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Decent 'Eastern'
21 June 2010 | by effigiebronzeSee all my reviews

Watching this I was reminded of Hollywood Westerns of the mid-1950s, with the saturated color and framing of faces for psychological effect. The constant orchestral score was sometimes unnecessary and somewhat annoying; but as an interview with the director points out, the idea wasn't a grim war story, or even a political screed, but a love story, where sweeping music isn't out of place; and this is a love story.

The scenes with the nomads are striking and unforgettable; the desert sequences are also memorable, as is most of the film.

Much of the acting could be considered somewhat overwrought, with people flinging themselves down on the ground and making exaggerated gestures, so much so it almost seemed a modernized film with silent movie performances.

For those unfamiliar with the original novella, it may not matter, but the movie stays quite close to the story.

Honestly, this movie does seem dated, but is well worth the time for several scenes of honest beauty and some decent-enough acting performances. And, I have to admit, while I watched the majority of the film with more or less dispassionate interest, I was unprepared for the rifle shot at the end. It's much, MUCH more shocking than I expected, and if only for that reason, this movie sticks in my head.


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