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Red Tent, The

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The Red Tent
Красная палатка
La tenda rossa
English Language Movie Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Release Date December 23, 1969
Language English
Studio Mosfilm
Vides Cinematografica
Distributor Italnoleggio Cinematografico
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gen. Umberto Nobile Peter Finch
Dr. Roald Amundsen Sean Connery
Nurse Valeria Claudia Cardinale
Lt. Einar Lundborg Hardy Krüger
Capt. Romagna Massimo Girotti
Cichony Otar Koberidze
Capt. Zappi Luigi Vannucchi
Sgt. Biagi Mario Adorf
Dr. Finn Malmgren Eduard Martsevich

The Red Tent is a 1969 Soviet-Italian docudrama directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Rome in the 1960s: As he does every evening, former general Umberto Nobile roams his posh apartment overlooking the Colosseum and can't sleep. He is plagued by guilt because the North Pole expedition he led failed spectacularly and many of those involved lost their lives. Every evening he calls upon the ghosts of the deceased to receive absolution from them in a tribunal. With the deceased, he relives the 1928 voyage to the North Pole on the zeppelin Italia. When the crew is unable to land at the North Pole due to bad weather, the airship turns around and crashes on sea ice northeast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard archipelago. Ten expedition members survive the crash and settle into a red-painted tent on the ice. As they desperately fight for their lives and get a malfunctioning radio working, the whole world follows their plight with bated breath.

The following weapons were used in the film The Red Tent:


Colt New Service

Dr. Finn Malmgren (Eduard Martsevich) uses a Colt New Service to defend himself against a polar bear. In real life, the only firearm the survivors of the airship crash had at their disposal was an unidentified Colt revolver. Malmgern used it to kill a polar bear approaching the camp, providing the survivors with a much-needed supply of fresh meat.

Colt New Service - .45 ACP
Finn Malmgren approaches the polar bear.
He takes aim.
He holds his revolver after firing.

Reichsrevolver M1883

An empty Reichsrevolver M1883 is discovered by Capt. Zappi (Luigi Vannucchi) and subsequently examined by General Umberto Nobile (Peter Finch). Later, it can be seen hanging above the tent on a rope from a pole.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R


Nagant M1895 Holster

Soviet policemen at the Palace Bridge in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) carry holsters for Nagant M1895 revolvers. It is hard to tell if these holsters include the revolver.

A policeman blocks Kolka Schmidt's (Nikolai Ivanov) way.

OSP-30 Flare Pistol

Sailors of the Soviet icebreaker Krassin are seen firing OSP-30 Flare Pistols.

OSP-30 - 26.5mm
Various sailors fire their flare pistols.
More sailors with their pistols.
A sailor fire his OSP-30.

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