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Alye parusa (1961)

A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: "... it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here.... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksandr Ptushko

Writers:

Alexander Grin (novel) (as A.S. Grin), Aleksei Nagornyj | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Assol
Vasiliy Lanovoy ... Arthur Grey
Yelena Cheremshanova Yelena Cheremshanova ... Young Assol (as Lena Cheremshanova)
Aleksandr Lupenko Aleksandr Lupenko ... Young Arthur (as Sasha Lupenko)
Ivan Pereverzev ... Longrene (as I. Pereverzev)
Sergey Martinson ... Filipp (as Sergei Martinson)
Nikolay Volkov ... Aglie
Sergei Romodanov ... Captain Gop
Oleg Anofriev ... Letika
Pavel Volkov ... Poldishok
Zoya Fyodorova ... Governess
Evgeniy Morgunov ... Policeman
Pavel Massalsky ... Arthur's father
Emmanuil Geller ... Zimmer
Grigoriy Shpigel ... Menners Jr.
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Storyline

A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: "... it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here. He'll take you to the world of your dreams, where you will be loved and happy." The neighbours told jokes about her, children teased her, but she waited for her prince. She trusted in the miracles and waited. Arthur Gray's rule was "if you can make a miracle, do it!". And he made a miracle for the wonderful romantic girl. Written by Eugene Lilitko <gene@ks.botik.ru>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

7 June 1961 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Scarlet Sails See more »

Filming Locations:

Caucasus Mountains, Georgia See more »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vasiliy Lanovoy (Arthur Grey) wanted to surprise his wife and other guests at the resort in Yalta where the movie was shot. He did so by asking the captain of the ship that was used for the movie to sail to Yalta with all the scarlet sails showing. He said the reaction was the same as in the movie, one of disbelief and amazement. See more »

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Version of Crimson Sails (2001) See more »

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the red runs deep
2 March 2017 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Aleksandr Ptushko might be recognizable to western audiences from the riffing of reedited versions of his movies (e.g., "Sampo" retitled "The Day the Earth Froze") on "Mystery Science Theater 3000"). I understand that the original versions of these movies are worth seeing, not the sort of movies that MST3K would heckle. His "Alye parusa" ("Scarlet Sails" in English) is an impressive one. It's based on Aleksandr Grin's 1923 novel of the same name, and I understand that Grin's work enjoyed a renaissance under Khrushchev's thaw. The movie doesn't have the most complex story, but it's enjoyable enough for its hour and a half. One might interpret it as a look at the desire to break free of one's confines, whether Assol's peasant world or Arthur's aristocratic world.

So, it's not any sort of masterpiece, but I recommend it. Probably the neatest thing about the movie is the filming locations around the Black Sea.

Assol. That name has gotta make lots of English-speakers giggle.


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