Mikhail Kalatozov is a filmmaker that is responsible for possibly my favorite film of all time in The Cranes Are Flying, so whenever I watch one of his films, I hope it somehow matches that masterpiece. While, 'The Letter Never Sent' isn't quite on that level, it is a beautiful, tragic film. This is Kalatozov's ode to the pioneers of Russia, whose sacrifices on both a physical and mental level, helped Russia's progression as a country. The thing I have always loved about Kalatozov is how expressive his visuals are. From the very beginning, when our pioneers are dropped into the wilderness, a beautiful helicopter shot, which shoes these men disappear into the vast Siberian landscape, setting the mood. Hell, there are so many examples in this film of where the camerawork or editing relays the characters emotions and feelings. I was very impressed with how Kalatozov manages the four pioneers, each of which, i found myself emotionally invested in for difference reasons. It's another one of those films which is both visually stunning, technically brilliant, and emotionally devastating. It's definitely the best of Kalatovzov's films I have seen, outside of The Cranes Are Flying of course.
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