Cinema: Mother Russia & Uncle Sam

Forty-Nine Days is a Russian movie that is warmly and explicitly pro-American—and just possibly critical of Communism too.

The picture is based on an incident that occurred in 1960 off the Pacific coast of Siberia. A storm in its fury rips a landing craft loose from its anchorage and drives it out to sea. Four Russian soldiers are aboard, a noncom and three enlisted men. They have fuel for a couple of hours, food for a couple of days.

They ration the food to last a couple of weeks. When it's gone they try to...

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