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Amphibian Man (1962)

Chelovek-Amfibiya (original title)
People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it's really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vladimir Korenev ... Ichtyandr Salvator (as V. Korenev)
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Guttiere Baltazar (as A. Vertinskaya)
Mikhail Kozakov ... Pedro Zurita (as M. Kozakov)
Nikolai Simonov ... doktor Salvator (as N. Simonov)
Anatoliy Smiranin Anatoliy Smiranin ... staryy Baltazar (as A. Smiranin)
Vladlen Davydov ... Olsen - zhurnalist (as V. Davydov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Antonyan Albert Antonyan ... Kristo (as A. Antonyan)
Nina Bolshakova Nina Bolshakova ... Pevitsa (as N. Bolshakova)
Anatoliy Ivanov ... (as A. Ivanov)
Valeri Kudryashov Valeri Kudryashov ... (as V. Kudryashov)
Nikolay Kuzmin ... matros Zurity (as N. Kuzmin)
Mikhail Medvedev Mikhail Medvedev ... Botsman (as M. Medvedev)
Yuriy Medvedev ... Torgovets ryboy (as Yu. Medvedev)
Anna Nikritina Anna Nikritina ... maty Zurity (as A. Nikritina)
Irina Orlik Irina Orlik ... (as A. Orlik)
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Storyline

People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it's really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed surgery on his son and now young Ichtiandr can live underwater. This gives him certain advantages, but creates a lot of problems. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

3 January 1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amphibian Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Laspi Cove, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Goskino, Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was released in 1962, the same year The Shape of Water (2017) takes place. See more »

Quotes

Gutiere Baltazar: [laughing] This must be love at first sight!
Ichtyandr Salvator: [simply] Is there any other kind of love?
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Referenced in Smiley Face (2007) See more »

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Ei, moryak
Performed by Nonna Sukhanova
Music by Andrei Petrov
Lyric by Solomon Fogelson
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Visually impressive Soviet sci-fi
10 December 2012 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Based upon the novel of the same name by Soviet science-fiction writer Alexander Beliaev, Amphibian Man tells the somewhat tragic tale of Ichtyander (Vladimir Korenev), a young, handsome man that has been given the use of gills by his father (Nikolai Simonov). Various sightings have led to him being dubbed a sea-devil, a monster of the sea who has attacked various boats. Rich fisherman Pedro (Mikhail Kozakov) is trying to win the affections of the beautiful Gutiere (Anastasiya Vertinskaya), but when she is attacked by a shark in the sea, Ichtyander rescues her and falls in love with her. She mistakenly thinks it was Pedro who saved her, and so Ichtyander must come onto land in search of his new love.

What is really on the surface a rather silly sci-fi movie that evokes the traditions of the U.S.'s B-movie output of the 1950's, it is actually a well-told fairytale love-story, giving most of its attentions to the doomed affair between Ichtyander and Gutiere. The loathsome Pedro is always on hand to scupper their attempts, with Gutiere trapped in a betrothal arranged by her father (Anatoliy Smiranin), who would rather see her marry into money than for true love. Themes of greed are ever- present throughout the film, reflecting the socialist realist attitudes of the time - a biting social commentary that the Soviet's were so good at (Soviet giants such as Eisenstein and Dovzhenko made their careers on propaganda) and helps add a gravitas to what might have been a straight forward B-movie.

Amphibian Man is also technically impressive. Directors Vladimir Chebotayrov and Gennadi Kazansky used a seaside community in Azerbaijan to film, and this results in some nice photography. One of the stand-out scenes follows the POV of Ichtyander as he searches the streets for Gutiere, with the hand-held photography adding a desperation to his quest. There are also moments that evoke the techniques of the silent greats, using tilted, close-up photography that heightens the psychological torment of the character, more prominently used in the climactic scenes with Pedro, as his lust for power and his alpha-male dominance over Gutiere reaches breaking point. I was surprised to learn after watching the film that it was a massive commercial success in 1962, as the film has since faded into obscurity. Although it's hardly a great film, there is enough in Amphibian Man to justify a re-discovery of the wealth of Societ sci-fi's from this era.

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