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Optimisticheskaya tragediya (1963)

As the communist revolt progresses in Russia, a female commissar is dispatched to some anarchist sailors to get them on board the party bandwagon.


Samson Samsonov


Samson Samsonov (as S. Samsonov), Sofiya Vishnevetskaya (as S. Vishnevetskaya) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Margarita Volodina ... Kommissar
Boris Andreyev ... Vozhak
Vyacheslav Tikhonov ... Aleksey
Vsevolod Sanaev ... Sipliy
Orko Byerninen Orko Byerninen ... Vainonen (as O. Byerninen)
Vsevolod Safonov ... Bering (as V. Sefonov)
Ivan Zhevago ... Botsman (as I. Zhevago)
Daniil Netrebin ... Ryaboy (as D. Netrebin)
Grigory Mikhaylov ... Staryy matros (as G. Mikhaylov)
Pyotr Sobolevsky ... Sudovoy vrach (as P. Sobolevskiy)
Erast Garin ... Vozhachok (as E. Garin)
Oleg Strizhenov ... Pervyy ofitser (as O. Strizhenov)
Gleb Strizhenov ... Vtoroy ofitser (as G. Strizhenov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valentin Belokhvostik ... Vedushchiy (as V. Belokhvostik)
Ivan Bondar ... Matros (as I. Bondar)


As the communist revolt progresses in Russia, a female commissar is dispatched to some anarchist sailors to get them on board the party bandwagon.

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Plot Keywords:

anarchism | based on play | See All (2) »


Drama | History | War




Soviet Union



Release Date:

22 February 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Optimistic Tragedy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track


Black and White | Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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First of the only two Soviet movies filmed in black and white and 70 mm (Sovscope70). See more »

Alternate Versions

Filmed in Sovscope 70, Sovcolor, 6-track magnetic stereo. Optically converted to Kinopanorama, 9-track magnetic stereo sound. USA release in black & white and 35 mm only. See more »


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Optimistic tragedy.
23 October 2019 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

Despite its being a phenomenal success both critically and financially when first released in Russia this altogether remarkable film of Samsonov deserves far greater recognition in the West. Simply stunning.

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