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286 Ratings

By the Bluest of Seas

У самого синего моря

Directed by Boris Barnet
Soviet Union, 1935


A storm on the Caspian Sea lands two friends, sailor Yusuf and mechanic Alyosha, on the shores of Soviet Azerbaijan. Working at the kolkhoz (“collective farm”), the two fall in love with a beautiful administrator, and their rivalry for her affections affects their work and threatens the community.

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By the Bluest of Seas Directed by Boris Barnet

Critics reviews

The joy of the body exuberantly plunged into sensations; sensual editing that displays [Barnet’s] love of motifs – the sea, the seagulls, the faces – in place of a treating a story; empathetic literalism of the music that grabs the emotions with the image as abruptly as an impulse and submerges the sequences like an irresistible wave.
November 19, 2008
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It’s difficult to account for what makes this movie so exquisite, apart from the characters and their quirks (such as one man’s ticklishness) and the beauty of the idyllic setting. [Film historian Bernard] Eisenschitz seems to be on the right track when he says that the film is unclassifiable, that it’s "certainly not a comedy even if it provokes laughter.
February 06, 2004
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