This month the Gene Siskel Film Center presents a retrospective on Ali Khamraev, a leading light of the Uzbek cinema, and aside from his 1972 hit The Seventh Bullet (screening next week), this 1979 adventure is probably his best known work. Like the earlier movie, it’s a “Red western,” approximating the style of American westerns from the 1950s but set in the wake of the Russian Revolution, with Soviet loyalists as the cowboys and Islamist rebels as the Indians. Khamraev’s affinity for the psychological dramas of Hollywood director Anthony Mann is evident in the way he uses the harshly beautiful mountain ranges of Central Asia to frame and isolate his characters, and the plot here—a hunter agrees to transport a captured sultan, his servant, and his daughter across treacherous terrain to the Soviet authorities—plays like an Eastern variation on Mann’s classic western The Naked Spur (1953). In Russian with subtitles. 85 min.