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Letter Never Sent (1960)

Neotpravlennoe pismo (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 27 June 1960 (Soviet Union)
Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov

Writers:

Grigoriy Koltunov (as G. Koltunov), Valeri Osipov (screenplay) (as V. Osipov) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Sabinin (as I. Smoktunovskiy)
Tatyana Samoylova ... Tanya (as T. Samoylova)
Vasiliy Livanov ... Andrey (as V. Livanov)
Evgeniy Urbanskiy ... Sergey (as Ye. Urbanskiy)
Galina Kozhakina Galina Kozhakina ... Vera (as G. Kozhakina)
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The film is based on the eponymous book by Valery Osipov. Four geologists are searching for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia. After a long and tiresome journey they manage to find their luck and put the diamond mine on the map. The map must be delivered back to Moscow. But on the day of their departure a terrible forest fire wreaks havoc, and the geologists get trapped in the woods. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Adventure | Drama

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Official Sites:

Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 June 1960 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Unmailed Letter See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia

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Mosfilm See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cited by director Rian Johnson as an influence for Star Wars: Episode VIII, along with Twelve O'Clock High (1949). See more »

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Referenced in The Mark (2017) See more »

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lost in Siberia
1 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

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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