Russian Video: Scarlet Sails(movie)!


Today we want to introduce you a new thing in our blog Russian video from Russia: Movie for the weekend! We are going to publish here a good Soviet or Russian full-length movies with English subtitles on Friday or Saturday and you will have whole weekend to watch them if you want.

Today I offer you to watch a beautiful fairy-tale movie “Scarlet Sails”. Our regular readers watched a beautiful video about annual festival Scarlet Sails in St.Petersburg and maybe some of our readers have already read a romantic story Crimson sails” by Alexander Grin.

Today we are watching a movie Scarlet Sails (Russian: Алые паруса; Alye Parusa) is a 1961 Soviet film produced by Mosfilm based on Alexander Grin’s 1923 adventure novel of the same name and starring Vasily Lanovoy and Anastasiya Vertinskaya. The story is a romantic fantasy and is described as a “fairy tale” though it contains no overtly supernatural elements.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko.
Writers: Alexander Green (novel) and Aleksei Nagornyj (writer).
Photography by G. Tsekavy, V. Yakushev.
Music by Igor Morozov.

Anastasiya Vertinskaya as Assol
Vasili Lanovoy as Arthur Grey
Yelena Cheremshanova as Young Assol
Aleksandr Lupenko as Young Arthur
Ivan Pereverzev as Longrene
Sergei Martinson as Philip
Nikolai Volkov as Egl
Sergei Romodanov as Captain Hopp
Oleg Anofriyev as Letika
Pavel Volkov as Poldychoke
Zoya Fyodorova as Governess
Yevgeni Morgunov as Policeman
Pavel Massalsky as Arthur’s father
Emmanuil Geller as Zimmer
Grigori Shpigel as Menners Jr.

This was the film debut of Anastasiya Vertinskaya, who celebrated her 16th birthday during the filmin. She went on to star in such Soviet classics as The Amphibian Man and Hamlet.
Locations used in the filming include Koktebel and Yalta in Crimea (Ukraine), Baku in Azerbaijan, and Pitsunda in Abkhazia (Georgia).
Grey’s ship, “Secret”, was actually the training ship “Alfa” from the Rostov Naval School. It was outfitted with 2,500 meters of scarlet parachute silk procured to satisfy Ptushko’s demand for authenticity.

© MOSFILM, 1961.

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