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Vsevolod PUDOVKIN
Всеволод ПУДОВКИН
Vsevolod POUDOVKINE
 
USSR, 1926, 66 mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction

Mother

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 La Mère

 Mat


 
Directed by : Vsevolod PUDOVKIN (Всеволод ПУДОВКИН)
Writing credits : Natan ZARKHI (Натан ЗАРХИ)
 
Cast
Vera BARANOVSKAYA (Вера БАРАНОВСКАЯ) ...La mère
Nikolay BATALOV (Николай БАТАЛОВ) ...Pavel
Ivan BOBROV (Иван БОБРОВ)
Aleksandr CHISTIAKOV (Александр ЧИСТЯКОВ) ...Vlassov, le père
Aleksandr GROMOV (Александр ГРОМОВ)
Ivan KOVAL-SAMBORSKY (Иван КОВАЛЬ-САМБОРСКИЙ) ...Vessovchtchikov, jeune ouvrier
Vsevolod PUDOVKIN (Всеволод ПУДОВКИН) ...Officier de police
Vladimir URALSKY (Владимир УРАЛЬСКИЙ)
Anna ZEMTSOVA (Анна ЗЕМЦОВА) ...Anna, étudiante
 
Cinematography : Anatoli GOLOVNIA (Анатолий ГОЛОВНЯ)
Music : David BLOK (Давид БЛОК), Tikhon KHRENNIKOV (Тихон ХРЕННИКОВ)
Sound : Vladimir DMITRIYEV (2) (Владимир ДМИТРИЕВ (2))
Production : Mejrabpom-Rus (Межрабпом-Русь)
Release date in Russia : 11/10/1926
 

DVD with subtitles
Editeur : Bach Films
Editeur : Image Entertainment

Plot synopsis
Mother (Mat) was the first of Russian-filmmaker Vsevold Pudovkin's "personal epics"-films that weave spectacular historical tales while never losing sight of the individual, and individual emotions, that motivate those tales. Based on a Maxim Gorky story, Mother recreates the abortive Russian revolution of 1905. The title character, played by Vera Baranovkskaya, is the unwitting cause of the imprisonment of her political-activist son Nikolai Batalov. When her boy is killed in an escape attempt, she is awakened to the horrors of the Czarist regime, and picks up Batalov's political cudgel. She too, is killed while participating in a worker's protest. The sweep and scope of the action scenes in Mother never dwarf the human story. What sticks in the mind most vividly is the intimate scene in which Batalov, contemplating his upcoming release from prison, begins dreaming of his mother, while superimposed closeups of her face blend into lyrical shots of the Russian spring thaw. Mother was the first of Pudovkin's trilogy of Revolution-inspired silent masterpieces: the subsequent films were End of St. Petersburg and Storm over Asia.
Source : www.lib.berkeley.edu/
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Institut Lumière - Centenaire de la révolution d'octobre 1917, Lyon (France), 2017
- Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Pordenone (Italy), 2013
- Retrospective Russian cinema at the "Reflet Médicis", Paris (France), 2010
- Cinémas russes à Montauban, Montauban (France), 2010
- Festival de cinéma russe au cinéma Le Méliès à Montreuil, Montreuil (France), 2009
- Tromso International Film Festival : TIFF, Tromso (Norway), 2009
- Europalia Russia 2005, Brussels (Belgium), 2005
- Russian films in the cinema Arlequin, Paris (France), 2005

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