Letter Never Sent

Letter Never Sent

Tuesday, November 20 @ 7:00PM

"The frames of a Kalatozov picture, even at rest, overflow with feverish emotion. This is never more true than with 1959's Letter Never Sent." - Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine

"Kalatozov tends to distill the complexity of human relationships to their emotional essence—his virtuosity is again on full display." - Scott Tobias, A.V. Club


Letter Never Sent

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

The great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, known for his virtuosic, emotionally gripping films, perhaps never made a more visually astonishing one than Letter Never Sent. This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns the four members of a geological expedition, who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds. Luxuriating in wide-angle beauty and featuring one daring shot after another (the brilliant cinematography is by Kalatozov’s frequent collaborator Sergei Urusevsky), Letter Never Sent is a fascinating piece of cinematic history and a universal adventure of the highest order.

This film is part of the ARTHOUSE MONTHLY series presented in partnership with THE CRITERION COLLECTION.

MPAA Rating: NR
Run Time: 96 mins
Release Year: 1959
Country of Origin: Soviet Union