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Ratings & Reviews

  1. FISCHER's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Rarement l'océan n'aura été filmé avec un tel bonheur, dans une véritable fusion organique de l'élément liquide avec son environnement humain et spatial. De plus, sans jamais sombrer dans un prosélytisme pro-soviétique, à la gloire de la patente révolution bolchévique, en filigrane, l'oeuvre distille une intense joie de vivre, fraternelle et communautaire. www.cinefiches.com

  2. Vincent T's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    beautiful rhythms, cinematography and feelings. (if I'm not mistaken the title is taken from Pushkin's Eugene Onegin)

  3. DVC's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    A pure and fine story about love and friendship. Wonderful!!!

  4. Irma Vep's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Absolutely gorgeous. A movie that defies the supposed boundaries between sound and silent film, drama and comedy, realism and stylization. You find yourself washed up (along with Alyosha and Yusuf) on the coast of the Caspian but also on the shores of memory and desire.

  5. Marc St-Cyr (Death cinéphilia)'s rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Waves... Where the narrative is flat, the « evocative » sea shots did the rest of the job, lol. Nicole Brenez has the best words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ghMxw548w

  6. EdieEmm's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    You'd expect a movie in which every single character was typified by unaffected innocence to be, at best, pretty annoying... Instead, this playful 'love triangle' story, set in an idealized communist fishing village in Soviet Azerbaijan. turned out to be surprisingly disarming, poignant in contrast to both the reality of Stalinism, and our modern cynicism. Beautifully shot. And the 'intervention' scene was genius.

  7. msmichel's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    A mostly endearing story of love that finds two shipmates helping at an island farm/fishing village commune after being shipwrecked and both falling in love with the same woman. There is underlying political jargon throughout but it doesn't take away from the pastoral setting and the genuine emotion the story raises. An under sung gem.

  8. Odile~'s rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Preciosa e irrepetible. "Elena Kuzmina, rubísima, humidísima, azulísima, es la Macha de Al borde del mar azul, milagro hecho mujer o mujer hecha milagro en esta película entre todas milagrosa y de la que el último de los grandes críticos, Serge Daney, habló obsesiva e incansablemente hasta el día de su muerte" (J. B. da Costa)

  9. Sonia's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Boris Barnet has created his Caspian Sea island as a space of otherness, a compelling natural home, away from the bleak and uncertain realities of Soviet life. There is a sense of watching ‘natural’ uncomplicated people in a natural environment buffeted by wind and sea. This is a seriously moving and under-recognised film.

  10. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Stunningly beautiful and brilliantly simple film with a refreshing childlike sensibility.

  11. José Neves's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Cinematography by Mikhail Kirillov.

  12. Ariel Rowan's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

  13. Aaron G.'s rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Did Boris Barnet, Jean Vigo, and the bunch that made People on a Sunday meet in a cafe somewhere in the early thirties and hatch plans to make films about love and beauty and youth that are open to the future and slight in the deepest way? The whole world was about to be shattered but it doesn't take away from the beauty, openness and joy of the film -- it highlights the different ways things might have gone.

  14. Simona's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    In only two films I have seen footage of the Caspian sea: About Elly and this one. In both films the Caspian sea was enraged and violent. However, this movie's footage is the best I have ever seen in all my life. Better than the real sea, too.

  15. Lorna Singh's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Lovely scenery,appealing characters and music make one overlook the thin story and propaganda. A bit like a Hollywood 'boy meets girl " etc movie from the 40's and 50's.

  16. Karthik's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    It is the melancholy nonnarrative film beneath the story with its evocations of an eternal return (the Qohelethic 'nothing new under the sun' tempered with an acceptance of the vagaries of life) and that astonishing footage of the sea (some of the best I have seen) that makes this such an essential film for me...

  17. Matt Parks's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Intimations of _La Nouvelle Vague_ . . . about 25 years too early.

  18. Mighty Quinn's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    An enjoyable, if slight movie from Boris Barnet. The characters aren't as enduring or memorable as the ones in his previous film, "Outskirts", and the love story didn't seem very developed. Still, both films are equally impressive cinematography-wise.

  19. o_oo's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    If Lubitsch would've been born in revolutionary Russia.

  20. Peter's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    Sun, sea, passion, faith, love, adventure,comedy, hope and perhaps, most of all, a tender innocence. The romance of being young. For romantics of all ages everywhere.

  21. joaoKG's rating of the film By the Bluest of Seas

    I've seen it written more than once that this was shot in colour, but it seems no one's seen it except in black and white. Any clues on this?