Aleksandra KHOKHLOVA
Александра ХОХЛОВА
Aleksandra KHOKHLOVA
USSR, 1929, 27mn 
Black and white, silent, fiction
An Affair of the Clasps
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Дело с застежками

 

 L'Affaire des fermoirs

 Delo s zastezhkami

 
Directed by : Aleksandra KHOKHLOVA (Александра ХОХЛОВА)
Based on Gorki's story of the same name
 
Cast
A. BAVRIN (А. БАВРИН) ...Michka
Pyotr GALADZHEV (Пётр ГАЛАДЖЕВ) ...Senka
G. IVANOVSKAYA (Г. ИВАНОВСКАЯ) ...La bourgeoise
 
Cinematography : Mikhail VLADIMIRSKY (Михаил ВЛАДИМИРСКИЙ)
Production design : Arnold VAYSFELD (Арнольд ВАЙСФЕЛЬД)
Production : Sovkino
Release date in Russia : 04/06/29
 

Plot synopsis
On leaving a church, an elderly bourgeois recruited three beggars and took them to her domain to have a hut demolished. She reads the Bible to them, a book with superb golden clasps. One of the workers, Michka, is fascinated by the preaching. A clasp breaks; he fixes it. When it comes to paying the vagrants, the woman divides the sum in half, believing that the trio did not work while listening to the sermon. An argument ensues. The companions leave. On the way, one of them, Senka, shows that he stole the clasps. Michka wants to take them back; a battle breaks out. Michka ends up repurchasing the objects and takes them to their owner who, as a thank you, resumes his reading while the beggar is starving.
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Women film pioneers: Aleksandra Khokhlova, Ana OLENINA, wfpp.columbia.edu, 2014
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- Pionnières du cinéma soviétique à la Cinémathèque française, Paris (France), 2020
- 'Il Cinema Ritrovato' Festival, Bologna (Italy), 2020
- Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), Moscow (Russia), 2004

Photos and videos
 
Critique (en russe) et images du film publiées sur Sovietskiï Ekran en 1929