The Forty-first (Sorok pervyy) (1957)





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Sorok Pervy was a typically patriotic Soviet entry in the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. The story focuses in on Isolda Izvitskaya, cast as a courageous Revolution-era female sharpshooter. While escorting a male White Russian prisoner back to her own lines, Isolda and her captive are marooned on a desert island. Predictably, a romance blossoms between the two former enemies. Unpredictably, Isolda is forced to make a daunting sacrifice to rescue her lover from punishment at the hands of the Czarists. The film is based on a novel by Boris Lavrenyov, previously filmed in 1928 by Yakov Protazanov.. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=black][img][/img][/color][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Summary: An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer. After spending days crossing the desert with no camels, the two find themselves aboard a boat. When a storm hits, the two end up lost on an island.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]I am happy to have finally got a hold of another Grigori Chukhrai film. While this is not near as strong as Ballad of a Soldier, it is obvious that much of what Chukhrai does there is being molded here. The love during wartime theme is present, although a little more cliche. Regardless, I still found it to be a nice story. The key strength of this film is its great cinematography. Filmed almost entirely in the desert and at night, there are numerous great silhouette shots. The lighting in this film is excellent.[/color][/size][/font] [center][img][/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][color=white]Unfortunately, this film features a horrible soundtrack. Much of the music is mis-placed and overbearing. This film would have worked great with no soundtrack at all. It's really hard to get around this flaw as it becomes distracting at times. But, there is enough here that I thought was great.[/color][/size][/font]

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