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The Forty-First (Sorok pervyy)

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Genre:War, Drama, Romance
Release Date:June 14, 1957
Running time:88 minutes
Cast:Izolda Izvitskaya, Oleg Strizhenov, Nikolai Kryuchkov, Nikolai Dupak, Georgi Shapovalov
Director:Grigori Chukhrai
Writer:Grigori Koltunov, Boris Lavrenyev

Description: 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, All Movie Guide

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