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6 Ratings

Dersu Uzala

Directed by Agasi Babayan
Soviet Union, 1961


An adaptation based on the books of Vladimir Arsenyev, about his travels in Russian Far East with a native trapper, Dersu Uzala.

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Dersu Uzala Directed by Agasi Babayan

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  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Dersu Uzala

    In the second half it's completely different from Kurosawa's later version. Perhaps in 1961 it was less possible to overtly criticize Soviet nature despoiling - though set in pre-Revolution days the hero is an adamantly Soviet type who maps the tundra imagining the villages and factories that will one day rest where those bothersome trees are - where the Kurosawa makes clear that Dersu is a sacrifice to civilization.