She’s a Bolshevik sniper with forty kills to her name. He’s an aristocratic officer in the service of the czar. Let’s just say that this ain’t no romantic comedy. Director Yakov Protazanov goes for grit in this warped fairy tale of the Russian Revolution.
Ada Vojtsik and Ivan Koval-Samborsky do excellent work as the star-crossed and politically confused lovers of the tale and Ivan Shtraukh is completely believable as the Bolshevik commander but the real star of the show is the gritty direction and cinematography.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Let’s see, the heroine has forty kills before the hero shows up and the movie is called The Forty-First. How do you think it’s going to end?
If it were a dessert it would be: Bittersweet Condensed Milk Fudge. A whole lot of dark stuff in a teeny-tiny package.
Availability: Alas, the only version seems to be a ratty VHS transfer that sometimes shows up on eBay. Here’s hoping it gets a better release soon because it’s excellent.