In the winter of 1916 the Kyrgyz population rebelled against the oppression of tsarist henchmen. Spontaneous rebellion was drowned in blood. Those who escaped from the sword and bullets of punishers, fled across the mountains to the border. White Mountains was the first film to express the spirit of the nation, its wisdom, strength and perseverance during hard times. It was shot in 1964, during the period of the so-called Thaw. The film was awarded the First Prize at the1965 Almaty Film Festival of Central Asian Republics. It was selected by Kyrgyz cinematographers and film critics for the collection of the Central Asian Cinema compiled by OSI, Budapest and the Center of Central Asian Cinematography in 2006 in order to save the first work of the national cinematography, renowned for its outstanding artistic qualities.—Asian Cultural Center of Vermont
magic! it reminded me why i wanted to go and live in central asia. one of the most beautiful depictions of night in film.
Considering the background history, this has immense importance as Kyrgyzstan’s cinema, and its stripped down 63 running time would have allowed it to keep the barest essentials of its tale while paradoxically expanding upon it. Sadly, regardless of its country of origin, it’s a disinteresting film whose skeletal structure leads to little of interest for me.
Looks like somebody (Melis Ubueyev) studied their Pudovkin. Many gorgeous scenes with some strenuous camera movement, a chase even pops into the runner's POV as he's approaching yet another dangerously steep gorge. Certainly not afraid of contrast. Nice ending too. Not over-loaded with pro-Soviet story line. Though I usually feel many films are too long, in this case I think it could have used more fleshing out.