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Isidor ANNENSKY
Исидор АННЕНСКИЙ
Issidor ANNENSKI
 
USSR (Belarus), 1938, 45 mn 
fiction

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Directed by : Isidor ANNENSKY (Исидор АННЕНСКИЙ)
Writing credits : Isidor ANNENSKY (Исидор АННЕНСКИЙ)
 
Cast
Mikhail ZHAROV (Михаил ЖАРОВ) ...Smirnov
Olga ANDROVSKYA (Ольга АНДРОВСКАЯ) ...Yelena Popova
Ivan PELTSER (Иван ПЕЛЬТЦЕР) ...Lucas
Konstantin SOROKIN (Константин СОРОКИН) ...servant
 
Cinematography : Yevgeni SHAPIRO (Евгений ШАПИРО)
Production design : Lyudmila PUTIYEVSKAYA (Людмила ПУТИЕВСКАЯ)
Music : Valery ZHELOBINSKY (Валерий ЖЕЛОБИНСКИЙ)
Production : Belgoskino
Release date in Russia : 11/07/1938
 

Plot synopsis
This Russian comedy-drama runs a mere 43 minutes -- just long enough to do justice to the one-act Anton Chekhov play on which it was based. O. Androvska plays Elena, a headstrong widow who refuses to honor a promise made by her husband to neighboring landowner Smirnov (M. Zharov). It is Smirnov's loud, boorish attitude that offends Elena the most; for his part, he can't abide her fierce independence and unwillingness to bow to his "superiority." One thing leads to another, and by the time the piece is two-thirds over, Smirnov has challenged Elena to a pistol duel! Any thoughts of "satisfaction" by bullet are dispensed with when Elena and Smirnov realize that they're madly in love with one another.
Hal Erickson, www.allmovie.com
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Open Russian Film Festival Kinotavr, Sochi (Russia), 2011


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