Vladimir MOTYL
Владимир МОТЫЛЬ
Vladimir MOTYL
USSR, 1969, 85mn 
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)
Yakov Bazelyan (Яков БАЗЕЛЯН)
Kakhi KAVSADZE (Кахи КАВСАДЗЕ) ...Abdoulla
Raisa KURKINA (Раиса КУРКИНА) ...Nastassia
Anatoli KUZNETSOV (Анатолий КУЗНЕЦОВ) ...Soukhov
Spartak MISHULIN (Спартак МИШУЛИН) ...Saïd
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)
Spectators : 34,5 millions of spectators
Release date in Russia : 30/03/1970
Sites : IMDb, Kinopoisk

DVD with subtitles
Editor : 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
5 Soviet action movies to watch ONLINE for FREE!, Alexandra GOUZEVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2024
Vingt grandes réalisations des studios Lenfilm, Alexandra GOUZEVA, RUSSIA BEYOND, 2024
Le saviez-vous ? Avant d’aller dans l’espace, les astronautes [voyageant à bord d'une fusée russe] regardent un vieux film soviétique, Julien LAUSSON, numerama.com, 2023
Le soleil blanc du désert (1970) [Vladimir Motyl], Julien MORVAN, Perestroikino, 2020
Le soleil blanc du désert de Vladimir Motyl, Mister K., cinetrange.com, 2018
Copycat cinema: 5 Hollywood films the Russians did first, Josh NADEAU, calvertjournal.com, 2017
Лента длиною в эпоху. Шедевры советского кино, Neya ZORKAYA, Bely Gorod, 2017
Героическая комедия и её герои [La comédie héroïque et ses héros], Oleg KOVALOV, cinematheque.ru, 2010
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.

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Soviet comedies, kinoglaz.fr (France), 2024
- Soirées 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
- "Vyborg" Russian Film Festival (formerly ''A Window to Europe''), Vyborg (Russia), 2009
- International Film Festival Tarkovski, Ivanovo (Russia), 2009
- Festival of Central and Eastern Film , Wiesbaden (Germany), 2006
- Russian film festival in Sweden 'KinoRiurik', Stockholm (Sweden), 2006

Photos and videos

Film avec sous-titres anglais

Video excerpts with the words of the songs on pesnifilm.ru