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Optimistic Tragedy (Optimisticheskaya tragediya)

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Optimistic Tragedy
(Optimisticheskaya tragediya)
Optimisticheskaya tragediya Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Samson Samsonov
Release Date 1963
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissar Margarita Volodina
Vozhak Boris Andreyev
Aleksey Vyacheslav Tikhonov
Sipliy Vsevolod Sanayev
Bering Vsevolod Safonov

Optimistic Tragedy (Optimisticheskaya tragediya) is a Soviet 1963 movie directed by Samson Samsonov. The story takes place during the Russian Civil war and tells about the female Bolshevik commissar (Margarita Volodina) who leads a squad of Red sailors.

The following weapons were used in the film Optimistic Tragedy (Optimisticheskaya tragediya):


Nagant M1895

Nagant M1895 revolvers are seen in hands of various characters, including Commissar (Margarita Volodina), Bering (Vsevolod Safonov) and Aleksey (Vyacheslav Tikhonov).

Nagant M1895 Revolver - 7.62x38N
In the opening scene Aleksey carries a Nagant, tucked at his belt.
Aleksey draws his revolver.
Commissar leads the sailors in attack with Nagant in hand.
Bering fires his Nagant during the battle.
Bering holds his revolver after the battle.
Several anarchists are armed with Nagant revolvers (red 1 and 2).
A Nagant (red 2) is seen in the pile of weapons taken from surrendered anarchists.
Commissar fires her Nagant during the night battle.

FN Model 1910

In the opening scene Commissar (Margarita Volodina) carries an FN Model 1910 pistol. Later she is seen with a Nagant M1895 revolver.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP

Mauser C96

Vozhak (Boris Andreyev), leader of anarchists, and his lieutenant Sipliy (Vsevolod Sanayev) carry Mauser C96 pistols in wooden holsters. Several other anarchists are also armed with Mauser pistols.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Vozhak fires his Mauser at White Army cavalry.
A wooden holster is seen at Vozhak's side.
Aleksey (Vyacheslav Tikhonov) disarms Vozhak.
An anarchist in center (Nikita Kondratyev) raises his Mauser.
A Mauser (red 1) is seen in the pile of weapons taken from surrendered anarchists.


Mosin Nagant M1891/30

Most sailors are armed with Mosin Nagant M1891/30 rifles.

Mosin Nagant M1891/30 - 7.62x54mm R
Sailors with rifles in attack.
A sailor parries the blow of White Army cavalryman.
Sailors carry a mix of M91 and M91/30 rifles, mostly with bayonets.
Several Mosin Nagant rifles are seen in the pile of weapons taken from surrendered anarchists.
Sailors fire M91/30 rifles and M38 Carbine during the night battle.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Original Mosin Nagant M1891 rifles are also seen.

Full-length, Imperial Russian Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mm R
An M91 is seen in hands of a sailor at the left.
Sailors carry a mix of M91 and M91/30 rifles, mostly with bayonets.
A barrel of M1891 rifle is seen behind a group of anarchists.
An M91 rifle with bayonet is seen at the foreground.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine

Several sailors are armed with anachronistic Mosin Nagant M1938 carbines.

Mosin Nagant M1938 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
A sailor at the right holds an M38 Carbine.
An M38 carbine is seen (red 3).
A sailor at the left is armed with an M38 Carbine.

Mauser Gewehr 98

Some sailors carry Mauser Gewehr 98 rifles.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A sailor at the right carries a Mauser 98 rifle. The buttstock is seen.
The same scene, the barrel is seen.
A sailor at the right carries a Mauser 98 rifle.
A half-naked sailor in center holds a Mauser 98 rifle.
A sailor at the background holds a Mauser 98 rifle. The straight bolt handle and Lange-Visier sight can be seen.

Karabiner 98k

In the final scene enemy soldiers carry anachronistic Karabiner 98k rifles with sword bayonets.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Enemy soldiers threaten captive sailors with their rifles.

Machine Guns

Maxim Machine Gun

Maxim M1910 or M10/30 machine guns are briefly seen in several scenes.

Maxim 1910 with 'Sokolov' wheel mount & shield - 7.62x54mmR
A Maxim is seen behind Commissar and Aleksey.

Other Weapons

F-1 Hand Grenade

Many sailors carry anachronistic F-1 hand grenades. They can stand for Mills Bombs, popular during Russian civil war.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade

Dummy Training Grenade

Several sailors carry dummy training stick grenades that stand for RG-14/30 hand grenades.

Training stick grenade. Such cast aluminum dummies were widely used in USSR for basic training.
RG-14/30 Soviet hand grenade.
A sailor at the left carries two grenades, tucked at his belt.
Another sailor also carries two grenades.

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