Aleksandr MACHERET
Александр МАЧЕРЕТ
Aleksandr MATCHERET
USSR, 1939, 111mn 
Black and white, fiction
Engineer Kochin's Error
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Ошибка инженера Кочина

 

 La Faute de l'ingénieur Kotchine

 Oshibka inzhenyera Kochina

Other titles : L'Erreur de l'ingénieur Kotchine
 
Directed by : Aleksandr MACHERET (Александр МАЧЕРЕТ)
Writing credits : Aleksandr MACHERET (Александр МАЧЕРЕТ), Yuri OLESHA (Юрий ОЛЕША)
Based on the play «Confrontation» by the Tur brothers and L. Sheinin
 
Cast
Nikolay DOROKHIN (Николай ДОРОХИН) ...Kotchine
S. NIKONOV (С. НИКОНОВ) ...Lavrenko
Liubov ORLOVA (Любовь ОРЛОВА) ...Ksenia Lebedeva
Boris PETKER (Борис ПЕТКЕР) ...Gourevitch
Faina RANEVSKAIA (Фаина РАНЕВСКАЯ) ...Ida Gourevitch
Mikhail ZHAROV (Михаил ЖАРОВ) ...Lartsev
 
Cinematography : Igor GELEIN (Игорь ГЕЛЕЙН)
Production design : Artur BERGER (Артур БЕРГЕР)
Sound : Vyacheslav LESHCHEV (Вячеслав ЛЕЩЕВ)
Production : Mosfilm
Spectators : 16 million spectators in the USSR
 
Site : IMDb

Plot synopsis
The titular error of this film occurs when Kochin (N. Dodokhin) brings home plans for a new supersonic aircraft he's constructing. Unfortunately for him, his morally conflicted girlfriend (Lyubov Orlova) has been blackmailed by a foreign spy to help photograph the plans. As she is killed before she can confess her wrongdoing, it falls upon Kochin. However, the warmhearted NKVD secret police chief and his assistant track down the real criminals and clear Kochin's name. Engineer Kochin's Error features a script written in part by author Yuri Olesha, who was criticized for his literary decline under Stalinism. ~
Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide
 

Commentaries and bibliography
Свинарка и пастух. От Ганса Христиана к Христиану Гансу, Pyotr BAGROV, seance.ru, 25-26, 2005
 

Selected in the following festivals :
- L'URSS des cinéastes à la Cinémathèque française. 1917-1945 : première partie, Paris (France), 2017
- International Festival of Contemporary Cinema «Zavtra / 2morrow», Moscow (Russia), 2012
- Gels et dégels, une autre histoire du cinéma soviétique (1926-1968), Paris (France), 2002
- Film Festival Locarno, Locarno (Switzerland), 2000