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Inspired by John Ford’s The Lost Patrol, The Thirteen is an important, early example of the kind of outdoor adventure film that would evolve into a staple of the Soviet cinema.
Lively adventure, spare and well-paced. Romm noticeably dwells on the overwhelming preponderance of silky, undulating desert sand, inverting the Eisenstein/Tisse style of showing huge swathes of sky.