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"Dersu Uzula" Presented in Sovscope 70

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Written by: - Date: 07.07.2018
Original "Dersu Uzala" sale brochure. Orla Nielsen's collection

Golden Prize 9th Moscow International Film Festival, 1975:
Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa

Academy Awards, 1976
Best Foreign Language Film

David Donatello Prize, 1977
Best Foreign-Language Film in Italy, 1977

The film is based upon the novel "Dersu Uzala" written by Vladimir Arsenyev, the prominent Russian scientist and explorer of the turn of the century. Once, when Arsenyev's party was moving across the taiga it met with Dersu Uzala, a taiga trapper, who from the very beginning filled everyone with awe. He is a man filled with love for nature, his heart is open to man and beast, bird and flower alike. This brings him close to the explorer Arsenyev. The story of their friendship and relations, unexpected encounters and farewells make for the story line of "Dersu Uzala". its main theme is man and nature, the loving care of man towards Nature which is necessary to both sides.
 
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Sovscope 70 by Dmitry Silyanov, Moscow, Russia

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Original "Dersu Uzala" sale brochure. Orla Nielsen's collection

Original titel:
“Дерсу Узала”/ "Dersu Uzala" / "Uzala, der Kirgise” (2:24) + intermission. Filmed in: 70mm, 5 perforations, 24 frames per second. Principal photography in: Sovscope 70. Presented on: The curved screen in Sovscope 70 with 6-track magnetic stereo. Aspect ratio: 2,21:1. Country of origin: USSR. Production year: 1974 World Premiere: July 1975, Moscow. Danish premiere: 15.03.1976.  West Germany premiere: 12.11.1976.

Director: Akira Kurosawa. Screenplay: Akira Kurosava and Yuri Nagibin, based on the works of Vladimir Arsenyev. Produced by: Yoichi Matsue & Nikolai Sizov. Original Music by: Isaak Shvarts. Cinematography by: Fyodor Dobronravov, Yuri Gantman & Asakazu Nakai. Art Direction by: Yuri Raksha. Editor V. Stepanovoi. Production: Mosfilm Studio

Maksim Munzuk (Dersu Uzala), Yuri Solomin (Captain Vladimir Arseniev), Svetlana Danilchenko (Mrs. Arseniev), Dmitri Korshikov (Wowa son of Arsenjev), Suimenkul Chokmorov (Jan Bao), Vladimir Kremena (Turtwigin), Aleksandr Pyatkov (Olenin).
 
 
Original "Dersu Uzala" sale brochure. Orla Nielsen's collection

 
 

Danish Press, 1976

 
Det er uden for diskussion en af sæsonens interessanteste film, der bliver vist, når Alexandra på mandag kan holde intet mindre end Europa premiere på den japanske instruktør Akira Kurosawa's "Dersu Uzala", prisvinderen fra sidste internationale filmfestival i Moskva.

At Kurosawa er en af de betydeligeste og mest hyldede instruktører i verden idag - man behøver blot at nævne "De Syv Samuraier", "Blodets trone", og den netop i denne sæson aktuelle "Rødskæg" - valgte at gøre sit comeback i Sovjetunionen, har gjort "Dersu Uzala" til en af de mest omtalte sovjetiske film siden Eisensteins og Pudovkins store film fra tyverne og trediverne.

Dog ikke alene derfor, men fordi filmen er lykkedes i så fantastisk grad, at mange kritikere allerede nu regner den for at være en af Kurosawas største og smukkeste film.

At det ikke er Kurosawas penible situation alene - han har haft arbejdsvanskeligheder i det sidste tiår i Japan - der medførte hans arbejde for Mosfilm, ses af det faktum, at allerede da han for tredive år siden læste grundlaget for filmen - jægeren og videnskabsmanden Arsenjevs bog "Rejse i Ussurij Landet", en bog, der er enormt populær, ikke blot i Sovjetunionen, men osse i en række vestlige lande, besluttede Kurosawa sig for at filmatisere bogen.

Han tænkte dengang på at lave den i Hokkaido, men som han selv har udtalt, er naturen i denne nordlige del af Japan ikke så udtryksfuld som i Usssurijtaigaen, hvor handlingen udspilles. Desuden vidste Kurosawa, at han i Japan ikke kunne få lov til at lave sine film, som han ønsker, og det er i en sådan grad, at han for nylig har udtalt, at han overhovedet ikke mere kan lave film i Japan.

Mens han arbejdede for amerikanerne på storfilmen "Tora! Tora! Tora!", gik i stykker efter tre ugers forløb, fik han fuldstændige frie hænder af Mosfilm, så han idag taler om det frugtbare samarbejde med sovjetrusserne, der gjorde ham meget lykkelig.

"Dersu Uzala" handler om mennesker som er en del af den natur, vi idag gør alt for at ødelægge, og om venskabet mellem to mennesker, der forenes i deres kærlighed til naturen. Med Arsenjevs bog som grundlag er det lykkedes Kurosawa at skabe en film, der med sin karakteranalyse og sin detaljerigdom nok er typisk for sin instruktør, men som alligevel - med de friere hænder han har haft, og det specielle Russiske stof, er en fornyelse af den godt tres-åriges storinstruktørs produktion.
 
 
Pressen skrev:

"Årtiers bedste og smukkeste film"
Berlingske Tidende

"En af de ypperste i filmens historie"
Politiken

Længde: 3825 meter (35mm)
Cencur: Rød
CS/farve

Udlejning: Kommunefilm
Import: Posthusteatret ApS
 
 
"Dersu Uzala" in 70mm in Copenhagen, Denmark
 
 

International Press

 
"Dersu Uzala" in 70mm in London, UK

70mm Film Presentations in London, England 1958 - 2017
 
 
"Dersu Uzala" in 70mm in California, USA

70mm Cinemas in San Francisco, USA
 
 
"Dersu Uzala" US 1-sheet poster
 
 
5. Todd-AO Festival poster, 2009. Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe

Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe, Germany. Home of The Todd-AO Festival

 
 

"Dersu Uzula" 7OMM Frames

 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 
70mm frame scan by Schauburg Cinerama, Karlsruhe
 
 

"Dersu Uzula" on Location

 
Akira Kurosawa and the 70mm camera. Picture source: inrussia.com

 
 
Actors Maksim Munzuk (Dersu Uzala) and Yuri Solomin (Captain Vladimir Arseniev) during a break in the Taiga while working on "Dersu Uzula".

 
 
   
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