Letter Never Sent: The Criterion Collection
The great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, known for his virtuosic, emotionally
gripping films, perhaps never directed one more visually astonishing than Letter Never Sent. This absorbing
tale of exploration and survival concerns 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.