Mikhail KALATOZOV
Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ
Mikhaïl KALATOZOV
USSR, 1959, 97mn 
Black and white, fiction
The Letter That Was Never Sent
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Неотправленное письмо

 

 La Lettre inachevée

 Neotpravlennoe pismo

Other titles : The Unsent Letter
 
Directed by : Mikhail KALATOZOV (Михаил КАЛАТОЗОВ)
Writing credits : Grigori KOLTUNOV (Григорий КОЛТУНОВ), Valery OSIPOV (Валерий ОСИПОВ), Viktor ROZOV (Виктор РОЗОВ)
 
Cast
Vasili LIVANOV (Василий ЛИВАНОВ)
Tatyana SAMOILOVA (Татьяна САМОЙЛОВА)
Innokenti SMOKTUNOVSKY (Иннокентий СМОКТУНОВСКИЙ)
Yevgeni URBANSKI (Евгений УРБАНСКИЙ)
 
Cinematography : Sergey URUSEVSKY (Сергей УРУСЕВСКИЙ)
Production design : David VINITSKY (Давид ВИНИЦКИЙ)
Music : Nikolay KRIUKOV (Николай КРЮКОВ)
Sound : Valery POPOV (Валерий ПОПОВ)
Production : Mosfilm
 
Sites : Page Allociné, page IMDb
Release date in France : 1961-05-15, Site

DVD with subtitles
Editor : Potemkine. 2014. Titre : Coffret Mikhaïl KALATOZOV

Plot synopsis
Based on the story of the same name by V. Osipov.
After a long and hard work when the food stuffs were running out, the first autumn frosts came and there was no hope left, the diamonds were found and diamonds deposit was put on a map. The next morning there was a fire in taiga which cut the way to the boats with food and equipment. There were four of them but only one geologist forced his way through the fire to the frozen river. His half dead body with the diamonds deposit map was found by the rescue team. He gradually returned to life.
Source : www.mosfilm.ru
 

Commentaries and bibliography
FACE CONTRE TERRE [critique du film La Lettre inachevée de Mikhail KALATOZOV], Corentin LÊ, critikat.com, 2019
Le retour de Kalatozov. Coffret Mikhaïl Kalatozov Potemkine, 2014, François ALBERA, 1895, 2015
La Lettre inachevée de Mikhaïl Kalatozov, Florian BEZAUD, dvdclassik.com, 2014
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Festival Lumière, Lyon (France), 2020
- Les Cinglés du Cinéma, Argenteuil (France), 2010
- Festival ''East-West'', Die (France), 2010
- Tribeca Film Festival, New York (USA), 2007
- International debut film festival, Khanty Mansiysk (Russia), 2004
- Release in France of the film, Different cities (France), 1961-05-15
- Festival de Cannes, Cannes (France), 1960

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