Above is a still from The Seventh Bullet/ Sedmaya Pulya
The Seventh Bullet / Sedmaya Pulya (Ali Khamraev, USSR/Uzbekistan, 1972) 84 mins
Director: Ali Khamraev
Writer: Fridrikh Gorenshtein and Andrei Konchalovsky
Cinematographer: Aleksandr Pann
Cast: Suimenkul Chokmorov, Dilorom Kambarova, Bolot Bejshenaliyev, Talgat Nigmatulin, Melis Abzalov
The films of Uzbek director Ali Khamraev are long overdue discovery in the UK. This stunning ‘Red Western’ is a real revelation. Adapting the gritty nihilism of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Westerns to local landscapes, its story unfolds during the Basmachi Revolt of the 1920s, in which Communist reformers sought to suppress an uprising by the Muslim peoples of Central Asia.
In a feat of daring, Maxumov, a Red Army officer whose troops have deserted him for the charismatic rebel leader Khairulla, allows himself to be captured and attempts to win back his men to the Bolshevik cause from within the enemy stronghold. Khamraev’s depiction of the ensuing mind games admirably refuses to paint either side in black and white, while the conflicting psychological states of its protagonist are thrown into relief by the barren locales and ransacked villages in which the gripping gun-battles and chases unfold. The result is a film that has drawn comparisons with the work of John Ford and Akira Kurosawa. Screening from 35mm.
Adults £10.50 Asia House Friends £8.50 Concessions £8
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