Friday, 25 June 2010

Ivan Pyriev: The White Nights - Белые ночи (1960 )

Director: Ivan Pyryev
Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Ivan Pyryev
Stars: Lyudmila Marchenko, Oleg Strizhenov, Anatoli Fedorinov

Pyryev brings the haunting love story to life with great delicacy and charm, he seems at home in this world of misty romantic entanglements. Beginning in a light, almost detached manner, the director draws us slowly and tactfully into the lives of these strangely tormented characters. Indeed the film is distinguished by a lyrical quality throughout and it is a film of many moods - its early dream sequences include a riotous parody on Douglas Fairbanks and, surprisingly, Russian ballet. The photography is excellent, and captures with enchanting melancholy the leisurely atmosphere of Nineteen Century St Petersburg, particularly the mists at twilight over the river where the two young people meet.

White Nights (1959)

A romantic drama based on novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Best film of 1960 ( with the film " Ballad of a Soldier " and " Revenge " ) by a decision of the British Film Institute.

White Nights (1959)

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