Scarlet Sails (film)
Poster for original USSR release
|Directed by||Alexandr Ptushko|
|Written by||Alexandr Yurovsky
|Music by||Igor Morozov|
|Edited by||I. Moronov|
|Release dates||USSR: 1961
USA: 2004 (DVD)
|Running time||88 min.|
Scarlet Sails (Russian: Алые паруса, Alye parusa) is a 1961 Soviet film produced by Mosfilm and directed by Alexandr Ptushko. It is based on Alexander Grin's 1923 adventure novel of the same name and stars Vasily Lanovoy and Anastasiya Vertinskaya. The story is a romantic fantasy and is described as a "fairy tale", though it contains no overtly supernatural elements.
The setting is a small fishing village. The former seaman Longren (Ivan Pereverzev) raises his daughter Assol (Lena Cheremshanova/Anastasiya Vertinskaya) alone after losing his beloved wife, making a meager living by selling the toy boats he carves from wood. As a child, Assol encounters an old man (Nikolay Volkov) who claims to be a wizard and promises the girl that one day a prince will come on a ship with scarlet sails to carry her away. The villagers scoff but Assol believes her dream will come true one day.
Arthur Grey (Sasha Lupenko/Vasily Lanovoy) is a nobleman's son who breaks away from his cruel father (Pavel Massalsky) to pursue a life at sea, and eventually becomes the captain of a merchant vessel. Having set to port at Assol's village, he spies the young maiden sleeping in the forest and falls in love. After inquiring in the village he learns of Assol's dream and sets about to make it come true.
|Vasily Lanovoy||Arthur Grey|
|Yelena "Lena" Cheremshanova (Елена "Лена" Черемшанова)||Young Assol|
|Aleksandr "Sasha" Lupenko (Александр "Саша" Лупенко)||Young Arthur|
|Nikolay Volkov (Николай Волков)||Egl (the "wizard")|
|Sergei Romodanov||Captain Gop|
|Oleg Anofriyev||Letika (a seaman)|
|Zoya Fyodorova (Зоя Федорова)||Governess|
|Pavel Massalsky (Павел Массальский)||Arthur's father|
|Grigori Shpigel (Григорий Шпигель)||Menners Jr. (the innkeeper)|
Grey's ship Secret was actually the training ship Alfa from the Rostov Naval School. It was outfitted with 2,500 meters of scarlet parachute silk procured to satisfy Ptushko's demand for authenticity.
- Scarlet Sails [DVD]. (IV quarter 2003). Russia: RUSCICO.
- Alye Parusa at the Internet Movie Database
- "Scarlet Sails review". The New York Times.
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- "Interview with Oleg Anofriev". Scarlet Sails [DVD]. (IV quarter 2003). Russia: RUSCICO.
- The heroine's name is changed to "Isolde" in the English-language dubbing on the DVD.
- "Interview with Vassily Lanovoy". Scarlet Sails [DVD]. (IV quarter 2003). Russia: RUSCICO.
- Anastasiya Vertinskaya at the Internet Movie Database
- Alexandr Ptushko (Director). Scarlet Sails [DVD]. (IV quarter 2003). Russia: RUSCICO