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9 Ratings

Optimistic Tragedy

Оптимистическая трагедия

Directed by Samson Samsonov
Soviet Union, 1963


Optimistic Tragedy was a Soviet blockbuster of 1963 with 46 millions tickets sold. The film was named Best Film of the Year and Margarita Volodina was named Best Actress of the Year by readers of the Soviet film magazine Sovetsky Ekran.

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Optimistic Tragedy Directed by Samson Samsonov

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1963 | Winner: Best Evocation of a World-Shattering Epic

San Francisco International Film Festival

1963 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • José Neves's rating of the film Optimistic Tragedy

    35mm. Optimistic because any sacrifice will be justified by the submission to a political determinism, greater than the individual and his own life and, also, that the cinematic dimension of the vehicle that is supposed to disclose such lofty ideals. The film, which uses a film grammar debtor of the most geometric Soviet cinema, reduces its vitality to a constant reiteration of its filmic rhetoric.

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