Mikhail Kalatozov

Letter Never Sent

Letter Never Sent

The great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, known for his virtuosic, emotionally gripping films, perhaps never made a more visually astonishing one than Letter Never Sent. This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns the four members of a geological expedition, who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds. Luxuriating in wide-angle beauty and featuring one daring shot after another (the brilliant cinematography is by Kalatozov’s frequent collaborator Sergei Urusevsky), Letter Never Sent is a fascinating piece of cinematic history and a universal adventure of the highest order.

Film Info

  • Mikhail Kalatozov
  • Soviet Union
  • 1959
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #601

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova

New cover by Jason Hardy

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Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Dina Iordanova

New cover by Jason Hardy

Letter Never Sent
Cast
Innokenti Smoktunovsky
Sabinin
Tatiana Samoilova
Tanya
Vasili Livanov
Andrei
Yevgeny Urbansky
Sergei
Galina Kozhakina
Vera
Credits
Director
Mikhail Kalatozov
Written by
Grigori Koltunov
Written by
Valeri Osipov
Written by
Viktor Rozov
Based on the story by
Valeri Osipov
Photography by
Sergei Urusevsky
Production by
B. Fridman
Visual design by
David Vinitsky
Music
Nikolai Kryukov
Costume design
Leonid Naumov
Edited by
N. Anikina

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