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The Red Tent (1971)

The Red Tent (1971)




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The true story of a tragic 1928 arctic expedition provides the basis for this adventure drama that was a joint Italian and Russian co-production. Peter Finch stars as General Umberto Nobile, who is visited in Rome by the ghosts of those whose lives were taken in his ill-fated mission forty years earlier. In flashback, Nobile recalls the attempt to cross the North Pole by flying dirigible, the Italia . When the airship crashes, Nobile and his crew are scattered across the ice, left to struggle against the freezing cold elements and local polar bears, among other hazards. In an effort to save the expedition, the great explorer Roald Amundsen (Sean Connery), the first man to reach the South Pole, is dispatched to rescue Nobile. When Amundsen disappears (never to be heard from again), an icebreaker is launched to bring national hero Nobile home, but at the expense of his crewmates. Although The Red Tent (1971) was considered a costly box office failure, the film did win a Golden Globe for Best English Language Foreign Film.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Peter Finch
as Gen. Umberto Nobile
Sean Connery
as Roald Amundsen
Claudia Cardinale
as Nurse Valeria
Hardy Kruger
as Aviator Lundborg
Mario Adorf
as Biagi
Luigi Vannucchi
as Captain Zappi
Yuri Solomin
as Troiani
Otar Koberidze
as Cecioni
Massimo Girotti
as Rescue Coordinator
Grigoriy Gay
as Icebreaker Captain
Nikita Mikhalkov
as Icebreaker Pilot
Nikolai Ivanov
as Amateur Radioman
Yuri Vizbor
as Behounek
Edward Marzevic
as Finn Malmgren, Meteorologist
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Critic Reviews for The Red Tent

All Critics (7)

The northern climate provides the existential atmosphere appropriate to the material, and the score by Morricone underlines these conditions.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

An unusual and rich blend of epic film and memory play.

August 30, 2005
Groucho Reviews

Spare the art. Give me the adventure.

August 16, 2005

There's no sure way to know the outcome

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Red Tent

Mikhail Kalatozov's final film is a little-known anti-epic masterpiece. Heroic folly coupled with heroic fortitude, the film has awe-inspiring polar photography and an intense Ennio Morricone score.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A nice examination on the nature of leadership and heroism. The expository approach of the trial could have been better handled in the confines of the story and there could have been a clearer delineation between the questions of military leadership and glory hunting. Over all a good approach and a beautifully shot film.

drew kabbe
drew kabbe

The story, the setting, the attention to detail are all top-notch. Unfortunately, as others have said, the movie is awkwardly paced and clunky. Towards the end is one terrifically powerful scene between Connery (who, despite being top-billed, is barely in a quarter of the film) and Finch where they debate the responsibility of leadership. If only the movie leading up to it wouldn't lose the majority of it's audience's attention so long before.

Ben Ritchie
Ben Ritchie

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