|BY THE BLUEST OF SEAS (U SAMOGO SINEGO MORYA) (director/writer: Boris Barnet; screenwriter: K. Mints; cinematographer: M. Kirillov; music: S. Pototski; cast: Elena Kouzmina (Masha), Lev Sverdline (Yussuf), Nikolai Krioutchkov (Alyosha); Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; Mr. Bongo (PAL); 1936-USSR-in Russian with English subtitles)|
|"A joyful musical comedy about
the machinations of love and friendship."
by Dennis Schwartz
joyful musical comedy about the machinations of love
and friendship. But there are some darker moments to
reflect on. The talented but neglected Russian
filmmaker Boris Barnet ("Dark is the
Night"/"Poet"/"Okraina"), who committed
suicide in 1965, is at the top of his game in this
strangely uplifting lyrical story.
(Lev Sverdline), a sailor, and
his best friend Alyosha (Nikolai
Krioutchkov), a mechanic, are city folks,
who in a storm get shipwrecked on the Caspian Sea.
After two days at sea they are rescued by a fishing
boat and taken to their destination, a remote fishing
island off the coast of Azerbaijan,
where they are to spend the fishing season at the
Lights of Communism collective farm. Alyosha will be
the needed mechanic at the collective, since many of
the men are away fighting in the conflict on the
Pacific Ocean. Masha (Elena Kouzmina) is
the alluring farm team leader, with the million dollar
smile, both men fall in love with, causing a strained
relationship between the rivals. In the end, she
rejects both because she's loyal to her fiance who has
been away for four years in the Pacific fleet.
seems so natural and spontaneous, even when for no
reason the men break into song. It somehow defies
credibility, even if it does work, that the men don't
find out about her engagement until they are set to
leave the island. But Barnet pulls it off because the
naive duo and their love interest are all believably
portrayed as pure Soviet bumpkins.
REVIEWED ON 1/21/2015 GRADE: A
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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