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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z  Others 
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Vladimir MOTYL
Владимир МОТЫЛЬ
Vladimir MOTYL
 
USSR, 1969, 85 mn 
Colour, fiction

White Sun of the Desert

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Белое солнце пустыни

 

 Le Soleil blanc du désert

 Beloe sontse Pustyni


 
Directed by : Vladimir MOTYL (Владимир МОТЫЛЬ)
Writing credits : Valentin EZHOV (Валентин ЕЖОВ), Rustam IBRAGIMBEKOV (Рустам ИБРАГИМБЕКОВ), Mark ZAKHAROV (Марк ЗАХАРОВ)
 
Cast
Yakov Bazelyan (Яков БАЗЕЛЯН)
Valentin KADOCHNIKOV (Валентин КАДОЧНИКОВ)
Kakhi KAVSADZE (Кахи КАВСАДЗЕ) ...Abdoulla
Raisa KURKINA (Раиса КУРКИНА) ...Nastassia
Anatoli KUZNETSOV (Анатолий КУЗНЕЦОВ) ...Soukhov
Pavel LUSPEKAYEV (Павел ЛУСПЕКАЕВ)
Spartak MISHULIN (Спартак МИШУЛИН) ...Saïd
Andrei SMIRNOV (Андрей СМИРНОВ)
Tatyana TKACH (Татьяна ТКАЧ)
 
Cinematography : Eduard ROZOVSKY (Эдуард РОЗОВСКИЙ)
Production design : Valery KOSTRIN (Валерий КОСТРИН), Bella MANEVICH-KAPLAN (Белла МАНЕВИЧ-КАПЛАН)
Music : Isaac SCHWARTZ (Исаак ШВАРЦ)
 

Awards :
34.5 millions de spectateurs en 1970 (10 ème place)

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Ruscico. 2003.
Langues : RU EN FR AR Sous-titres : RU EN DE FR ES IT PT NL CS HE AR ZH JP Bonus : - Interviews de V. Ejov et R. Ibragimbekov - Documentaire : Basmachi

Plot synopsis
This “Middle-Eastern”, or rather a Central-Asian action film, about the Red Army fighting the counter-revolutionary robber bands has become not only a cult movie, but also one of the favorites for several generations of viewers. With Russian cosmonauts, it is a tradition to view this film before going to outer space. The film’s success paved the way for a genre of national “Eastern”. A demobbed soldier, Fyodor Sukhov, is making his way through the desert to his home village. The band of the brutal Abdulla is raging in that area. Sukhov is charged with escorting the chief’s harem, because Abdulla intended to kill his women rather than let them go free. Sukhov’s mate, a young soldier Petrukha, dies at the hand of Abdulla. But at the decisive moment, Sukhov gets help from the former customs officer Vereshchagin and a poor peasant, Said.
Source :www.ruscico.com
 

Commentaries and bibliography
 
This cult film from Russia’s Era of Stagnation was another smash hit in the Soviet Union and is still popular today. It is the story of a red soldier who rescues women from a harem, and has got the feel of a typical film from the end of the 1960s.
White Sun of the Desert was to be the Soviet answer to the popular Western. Yet, while clearly drawing on Western cinematic tropes, the film undoubtedly spoke to Soviet audiences regarding issues of nation and empire, since it promulgates the nationalist ideals of a Russian-dominated Central Asia. Since the film’s release, however, screenwriter Rustam Ibragimbekov has vehemently denied such intentions. Indeed, looking closely at how director Vladimir Motyl visually constructs the film, it becomes clear that he emphasizes the incompatibility of Soviet and Central Asian cultures, plus the failure of the Soviet project in the East. This was an interesting cinematic stand to take at a time when the idea of the ‘brotherhood of nations’ was still very much alive in Soviet rhetoric. Ultimately we are led to consider the possibility that Russia’s presence in Central Asia not only endangers Russian purity, but also destroys an engaging, exotic, traditional Eastern culture.
(http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/beloye-solntse-pustyni/)

Selected in the following festivals :
- Saison du Club du Cinéma Russe de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France), 2016
- Festival de cinéma russe au Centre Wallonie Bruxelles de Kinshasa, Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 2012
- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2011
- Era New Horizons IFF, Wroclaw (Poland), 2011
- International Film Festival Bratislava, Brastislava (Slovakia), 2011
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2009
- Window to Europe Film Festival, Vyborg, Vyborg (Russia), 2009
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2006
- Russian film festival in Sweden 'KinoRiurik', Stockholm (Sweden), 2006

Photos and videos
 
Video excerpts with the words of the songs on pesnifilm.ru

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Film with English subtitles on mosfilm.ru: Click here

 


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