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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 ... 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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Storyline

A detachment of the Red Army led by Commissar Yevsyukov is moving along the sands of the Central Asian desert, pursued by whites, dying of thirst. Forty killed officers were on the battle account of the best shooter of the Maryutka detachment. In the last battle to capture the caravan, the white lieutenant Govorukha-Otrok was taken prisoner, sent on a diplomatic mission from Admiral Kolchak to General Denikin. The soldiers are trying to return to their own, fighting the hostile desert. Finally, they go to the coast of the Aral Sea, where Maria, Govorukha-Otrok and several fighters take a boat to reach the mainland. All Red Army soldiers die during a storm, and Maria and Lieutenant are thrown alone on the island. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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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 »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia

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Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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19 October 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

wise use of close-up.wonderful images. pure poetry. a special vision about war and love. all of that makes it more than propaganda tool but an impressive expression of profound art. it is a film about values and beauty, choices and ideals. realistic, cruel, full of subtle symbols - the desert, the isle -, mark of a great director and science of nuances from two impressive actors. the story is only basic point for respect the ideological commands. but the skin of this nucleus has the rare virtue to make it more than piece of a period. the final dialog between lovers , the end, the boat in storm and near the isle, each is a precious ingredient for an universal message about duty and choices, far to basic triumphal message of regime.


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