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The Red Tent (1969)

Krasnaya palatka (original title)
Torn by personal guilt, Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia.

Director:

Mikhail Kalatozov (as Mickail K. Kalatozov)

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (screenplay by), Richard DeLong Adams (screenplay by) (as Richard Adams)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Gen. Nobile
Mario Adorf ... Biagi
Luigi Vannucchi Luigi Vannucchi ... Zappi
Eduard Martsevich ... Malmgren (as Edward Marzevic)
Boris Khmelnitskiy ... Viglieri (as Boris Kmelnizki)
Yuriy Solomin ... Troiani (as Juri Solomin)
Yuriy Vizbor ... Behounek (as Juri Vizbor)
Donatas Banionis ... Mariano
Otar Koberidze ... Cecioni
Sean Connery ... Amundsen
Claudia Cardinale ... Valeria
Hardy Krüger ... Lundborg (as Hardy Kruger)
Massimo Girotti ... Romagna
Grigoriy Gay ... Samoilovich (as Grigori Gaj)
Nikita Mikhalkov ... Chuknovsky
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Storyline

The commander of a failed 1928 Arctic airship expedition is remembering the events of the "Italia" airship flight, crash, and subsequent rescue efforts. The "ghosts" of people involved in the events appear in his memories to assist him in determining his guilt in the affair. The reminiscences are mixed with the real action: the flight of the "Italia", the air rescue operation from Kings Bay airfield, the expedition of the "Krassin" ice-breaker. A sort of human touch is added by the ever beautiful C.C. playing Malmgren's girlfriend. Written by E. Kocourek <e_kocourek@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Forget everything you've ever heard about heroes. Now there is "The Red Tent."

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | Italian | English

Release Date:

23 December 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Tent See more »

Filming Locations:

Soviet Union

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(International)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Filming went for 62 weeks. It included location work in Estonia, the Baltic Sea and the Spitzbergen Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and studio work in Moscow and Rome. Shooting was completed on 12 April 1969. See more »

Quotes

Aviator Lundborg: Men are risking their necks for fame, a medal, promotion, or money. What's wrong with money, mm? Just a means to happiness.
Roald Amundsen: But you don't look like a happy man, exactly. More like a man who's learned to be indifferent to unhappiness.
Aviator Lundborg: I'm glad you know it all, Mr. Amundsen.
Roald Amundsen: But you see, a man who is indifferent to his own unhappiness is indifferent to everything.
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Crazy Credits

Some of the material for the Russian version listed the Scottish actor who plays Amundsen as "Sh. Konneri." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released in the Soviet Union was significantly longer and featured an alternate score by composer Aleksandr Zatsepin instead of the score by Ennio Morricone used in the shorter European/American version. See more »

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"THE RED TENT" - an exciting spectacle of Arctic exploration
11 September 1999 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

"The Red Tent", as it was called when released in most of the world, is a fascinating historical epic of Arctic exploration. In the 1920's, Italian General Nobile sought to be the first to fly over the North Pole in a dirigible, of all things! Much of the movie focuses on these efforts; unfortunately, the winds kick up and the air ship is ripped apart. Surviving crewmen end up in various locations on the ice and then procede to battle the elements and polar bears. The great arctic explorer Raoul Amundsen is called in as are the Soviets who pick up radio messages of the disaster; an ice breaker is then dispatched to assist in the rescue. Yes, it is an involved and realistiuc spectacle.

Peter Finch is very good as Nobile, and so is Connery as Amundsen - and it's an historic well-known fact that the first man to reach the South Pole, Amundsen, vanished in his attempt to save Nobile.

Of note is that the story is recounted in flashback much later in a sort of trial of Nobile in his home in Rome, as characters living and dead appear to confront or defend him. Whether or not Nobile was reckless or had bad luck, or just over reached himself, is for the viewer to determine from putting the stories together.

Somewhat long and overinvolved this is still an engrossing account of an epic Arctic disaster and the heroic rescue attempts that followed. If you see it, GRAB it.


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